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[French va-le; English va-ley] /French vaˈlɛ; English væˈleɪ/
a canton in SW Switzerland. 2021 sq. mi. (5235 sq. km).
Capital: Sion. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The valley of the Valais is very narrow and little cultivated.

  • In the Valais we found the spring much less forward than on the other side.

  • Bonaparte's first thought was to march up the Valais and to cross the Simplon.

    The Companions of Jehu Alexandre Dumas, pre
  • From the Muveran the view over the Valais is particularly good.

    Switzerland Frank Fox
  • Valais could not well be given to Piedmont, on account of Swiss jealousy.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • The same is true of Valais, where the subdivisions are termed dizains.

    A Residence in France J. Fenimore Cooper
  • Zermatt, a small village of the canton Valais, in Switzerland, 23 in.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • I do not undervalue your Piedmont, because I love our Valais more.

    The Headsman James Fenimore Cooper
  • I was once in Valais when a rude play was acted by the peasants of Vissoye.

    Americans and Others Agnes Repplier
  • May this little incident prove an entering wedge to some new ideas in the Valais, on the subject of the "twelve millions!"

    A Residence in France J. Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for Valais


/French valɛ/
a canton of S Switzerland: includes the entire valley of the upper Rhône and the highest peaks in Switzerland; produces a quarter of Switzerland's hydroelectricity. Capital: Sion. Pop: 281 000 (2002 est). Area: 5231 sq km (2020 sq miles) German name Wallis
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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