- a city in central France: provisional capital of unoccupied France 1940–1942; hot springs.
- (often lowercase) vichy water.
or Vichy water
- a natural mineral water from springs at Vichy, containing sodium bicarbonate, other alkaline salts, etc., used in the treatment of digestive disturbances, gout, etc.
- a water of similar composition, either natural or artificial.
Origin of vichy water
Examples from the Web for vichy
I think you'll find the Vichy pleasant; there is a little fixed air in it, too.Tony Butler
Charles James Lever
Excuse me, sir—Vichy water corks, in my experience, are worse than any wine.The Skin Game (Fourth Series Plays)
We arrived at Vichy from Roanne just in time to dress for dinner.
He could go afterwards and take the cure at Vichy for his gout.Mary Gray
Sir Lionel had been unwell, and the waters of Vichy had been recommended.The Bertrams
- a town and spa in central France, on the River Allier: seat of the collaborationist government under Marshal Pétain (1940–44); mineral waters bottled for export. Pop: 26 528 (1999)Latin name: Vicus Calidus (ˈviːkəs ˈkælɪdəs)
- (sometimes capital) a natural mineral water from springs at Vichy in France, reputed to be beneficial to the health
- any sparkling mineral water resembling this
Word Origin and History for vichy
in reference to collaborationist government of France, 1940, from the name of the city in department of Allier in central France, famous for mineral springs, seat 1940-44 of the French government formed under Nazi occupation headed by Pétain.