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[seyn; French sen] /seɪn; French sɛn/
a river in France, flowing NW through Paris to the English Channel. 480 miles (773 km) long.
a former department in N France.
Can be confused
sane, Seine. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for seine river
Historical Examples
  • I daresay you know that one of our man-of-war ships is lying right down here in the seine river.

    A Voyage of Consolation Sara Jeannette Duncan
  • At the bottom one could not see but one could guess the presence of the seine river, a loop of which sparkled like a pruning-hook.

    Two banks of the Seine Fernand Vandrem
  • Situated on the left bank of the seine river, it overlooks Paris and the country for fifty miles around.

  • Crossing the open sea they landed at the mouth of the seine river, following King Henry and his noble courtiers.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10

    Charles Herbert Sylvester
  • He made an unsuccessful experiment with a steamboat on the seine river in France.

  • The nearest point where they would find Commandos was miles away, far over on the other side of the seine river.

British Dictionary definitions for seine river


a large fishing net that hangs vertically in the water by means of floats at the top and weights at the bottom
to catch (fish) using this net
Word Origin
Old English segne, from Latin sagēna, from Greek sagēnē; related to Old High German segina, Old French saïne


/seɪn; French sɛn/
a river in N France, rising on the Plateau de Langres and flowing northwest through Paris to the English Channel: the second longest river in France, linked by canal with the Rivers Somme, Scheldt, Meuse, Rhine, Saône, and Loire. Length: 776 km (482 miles)
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Word Origin and History for seine river



Old English segne "drag-net," from West Germanic *sagina (cf. Old Saxon and Old High German segina), a borrowing of Latin sagena (source of French seine, 12c., which contributed to the form of the English word), from Greek sagene "a fishing net," also "a hunting net," of unknown origin.

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seine river in Culture
Seine River [(sen)]

River flowing generally northwest through northern France.

Note: The Seine flows through the heart of Paris, dividing the Left Bank, south of the Seine, from the Right Bank, north of the Seine.
Note: It is the chief commercial waterway of France.
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