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[ram-boo-ley; French rahn-boo-ye] /ˈræm bʊˌleɪ; French rɑ̃ buˈyɛ/
one of a breed of hardy sheep, developed from the Merino, yielding good mutton and a fine grade of wool.
Origin of Rambouillet
First recorded in 1905-10; after Rambouillet, town and forest in N France, source of the breed Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A man who gets invitations to shoot with the President at Rambouillet!

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
  • It was Rambouillet; they did not know it, but they felt that it was.

    The Regent's Daughter Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • The poor fellow has lamed his horse, which fell near Rambouillet.

    The Regent's Daughter Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • And who followed her from Nantes to Rambouillet with infinite gallantry.

    The Regent's Daughter Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • At Rambouillet, did not a person called Madame Desroches await you?

    The Regent's Daughter Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • A man on horseback was watching for the carriage a little beyond Rambouillet.

    The Regent's Daughter Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • But even a fighting Rambouillet was not proof against a 30-30.

    The Fighting Shepherdess

    Caroline Lockhart
  • It was in the old chateau of Rambouillet that Francis I died.

    Royal Palaces and Parks of France

    Milburg Francisco Mansfield
  • At Cosne, at Orleans, at Rambouillet, it was the same story of raids on the corn.

    Legends of the Bastille Frantz Funck-Brentano
British Dictionary definitions for Rambouillet


/French rɑ̃bujɛ/
a town in N France, in the Yvelines department: site of the summer residence of French presidents. Pop: 24 758 (1999)


/ˈrɒmbʊˌjeɪ; ˈræmbʊˌleɪ; French rɑ̃bujɛ/
a fine-woolled merino-like breed of sheep
Word Origin
C19: from Rambouillet1
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