a seaport in and the capital of Gironde, in SW France, on the Garonne River.
any of various wines produced in the region surrounding Bordeaux, especially claret.


[juh-rond; French zhee-rawnd]


an estuary in SW France, formed by the junction of the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. 45 miles (72 km) long.
a department in SW France. 4141 sq. mi. (10,725 sq. km). Capital: Bordeaux.
the Gironde, the party of the Girondists. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • Then she had choice wine, Burgundy and Bordeaux, besides liqueurs, in the cellar.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • Neither Lyons, Bordeaux, Nantes, can compare with it for sumptuosity.

    In the Heart of Vosges

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • He lies buried in the family tomb of the Viparts at Bordeaux.

  • The Parliament of Bordeaux compelled Rochefoucauld to surrender.


    Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld

  • Ivory from Zanzibar, salt from Cadiz and wines from Bordeaux.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

British Dictionary definitions for bordeaux



a port in SW France, on the River Garonne: a major centre of the wine trade. Pop: 215 363 (1999)
any of several red, white, or rosé wines produced around Bordeaux
Related formsRelated adjective: Bordelais



a department of SW France, in Aquitaine region. Capital: Bordeaux. Pop: 1 330 683 (2003 est). Area: 10 726 sq km (4183 sq miles)
an estuary in SW France, formed by the confluence of the Rivers Garonne and Dordogne. Length: 72 km (45 miles)
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Word Origin and History for bordeaux


1560s, type of wine imported from the city in southwestern France. Its name is Roman Burdigala (1c.), perhaps from a Celtic or pre-Celtic source the sense of which has been lost.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

bordeaux in Culture



Port city in southwestern France.


The region around Bordeaux is known for its wine.
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