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  1. Sé·bas·tien le Pres·tre de [sey-bas-tyan luh pre-truh duh] /seɪ basˈtyɛ̃ lə ˈprɛ trə də/, 1633–1707, French military engineer and marshal.
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Historical Examples

  • Vauban could have escaped, but he would not leave M. Destournier.

    A Little Girl in Old Quebec

    Amanda Millie Douglas

  • Fig. 65 presents the general plan of the works laid out by Vauban.

    Annals of a Fortress

    E. Viollet-le-Duc

  • To obviate these disadvantages Vauban inclined his capital some paces eastwards.

    Annals of a Fortress

    E. Viollet-le-Duc

  • I have seen his plans for fortifying Nauvoo, which are equal to any of Vauban's.

    Monsieur Violet

    Frederick Marryat

  • This must have been the device of some Vauban or Cohorn of those early times.


    Walter Scott

British Dictionary definitions for vauban


  1. Sébastien Le Prestre de (sebastjɛ̃ lə prɛtrə də). 1633–1707, French military engineer and marshal, who greatly developed the science of fortification and devised novel siege tactics using a series of parallel trenches
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