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[ram-boo-ley; French rahn-boo-ye]
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  1. 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
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  • A man who gets invitations to shoot with the President at Rambouillet!

    The Arrow of Gold

    Joseph Conrad

  • The poor fellow has lamed his horse, which fell near Rambouillet.

    The Regent's Daughter

    Alexandre Dumas (Pere)

  • It was Rambouillet; they did not know it, but they felt that it was.

    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)

  • And who followed her from Nantes to Rambouillet with infinite gallantry.

    The Regent's Daughter

    Alexandre Dumas (Pere)

British Dictionary definitions for rambouillet


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


  1. a fine-woolled merino-like breed of sheep

Word Origin

C19: from Rambouillet 1
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