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[sawr-bon, -buhn; French sawr-bawn]
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  1. the seat of the faculties of arts and letters of the University of Paris.
  2. a theological college founded in Paris in 1253 by Robert de Sorbon, suppressed in 1792, and ceasing to exist about 1850.
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  • I shall report by and by, a decision of the Sorbonne on this subject, dated in the year 1691.

    The Phantom World

    Augustin Calmet

  • He adds, that these decisions may be found in the registers of the Sorbonne, from the year 1700 to 1710.

    The Phantom World

    Augustin Calmet

  • I have endeavoured, in a course of lectures at the Sorbonne, to do a part of this work.

  • The Sorbonne declared on December 1, 1521, that there is but one Mary.


    Anatole France

  • The date of the Sorbonne's judgment is decisive on this point.

British Dictionary definitions for sorbonne


  1. the Sorbonne a part of the University of Paris containing the faculties of science and literature: founded in 1253 by Robert de Sorbon as a theological college; given to the university in 1808
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Word Origin and History for sorbonne


1560, from Sorbon, place name in the Ardennes. Theological college in Paris founded early 13c. by Robert de Sorbon (b.1201), chaplain and confessor of Louis IX. Influential 16c.-17c., suppressed during the Revolution.

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