[roo-ahn, -ahn; French rwahn]
- a city in and the capital of Seine-Maritime, in N France, on the Seine: famous cathedral; execution of Joan of Arc 1431.
- one of a breed of domestic ducks resembling the wild mallard.
- a department in NW France. 2449 sq. mi. (6340 sq. km). Capital: Rouen.
Formerly Seine-In·fé·rieure [sen-an-fey-ryœr] /sɛn ɛ̃ feɪˈryœr/.
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Examples from the Web for rouen
Then it was on to Angouleme, recommended by a driver from Rouen.Michael Clinton: How to Become a Globe-Trotter
March 4, 2013
The telegram was signed by Homer and by Barrett, the superintendent of police at Rouen.
If we could sort of get it out of her diplomatically, we could telegraph to Rouen for a good one.
He must meet Mr. Macauley, too, the most interesting man in Rouen.
And what I was trying to do for you when we met in Rouen was—was courting you.
If we succeed a delegation will come to Rouen this afternoon.
- a city in N France, on the River Seine: the chief river port of France; became capital of the duchy of Normandy in 912; scene of the burning of Joan of Arc (1431); university (1964). Pop: 106 592 (1999)
- a department of N France, in Haute-Normandie region. Capital: Rouen. Pop: 1 237 263 (2003 est). Area: 6342 sq km (2473 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for rouen
city in northern France, Roman Rotomagus, in which the second element is Gaulish magos "field, market," and the first is roto "wheel," perhaps reflecting the Gaulish love of chariot-racing, or else it is a personal name.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper