[ kan, kanz; French kan ]
/ kæn, kænz; French kan /
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a city in SE France, on the Mediterranean Sea: resort; annual film festival.



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What is Cannes?

Cannes is a popular short name for the Cannes Film Festival, one of the world’s most well-known and prestigious film festivals. It is held annually in the city of Cannes, France.

Cannes is known for featuring a variety of international films ranging from high-budget feature films to independent short films. Some films hold their premiere at Cannes.

The festival, held in the resort city of Cannes on the Mediterranean Sea, has become known as a glamorous event attended by many famous actors, directors, and other celebrities.

How do you pronounce Cannes?

Cannes is typically pronounced in English like can, but it can also be pronounced like cans.

When is Cannes?

The 2021 Cannes Film Festival will be held from May 11–22.

The Cannes Film Festival is usually held each year during a two-week period in mid-May.

More information and context on Cannes

The Cannes Film Festival was first held in 1946 as part of a post-World War II effort to revitalize France’s artistic culture by Jean Zay, who was then the Minister for Education and Fine Arts. The event grew out of an earlier plan to rival the internationally recognized Venice Film Festival.

Today, Cannes is widely recognized as one of the world’s top film festivals, along with the Berlin International Film Festival, the Venice Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Sundance Film Festival.

The top honor at Cannes is the Palme D’or (French for “Golden Palm”), which the festival jury awards to the film that they consider the festival’s best.

What are some terms that often get used in discussing Cannes?

How is Cannes discussed in real life?

Cannes is one of the most well-known and prestigious film festivals. It is known as a glamorous international event.


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The Cannes Film Festival is held in Paris, France.

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British Dictionary definitions for Cannes

/ (kæn, kænz, French kan) /


a port and resort in SE France: developed in the 19th century from a fishing village; annual film festival. Pop: 67 304 (1999)
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Cultural definitions for Cannes

[ (kan) ]

Fashionable resort on the French Riviera.

notes for Cannes

Cannes hosts an annual international film festival.
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