[kan, kanz; French kan]


a city in SE France, on the Mediterranean Sea: resort; annual film festival. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • He could almost understand why Tom had wept between Cannes and Nice.

    A Great Man

    Arnold Bennett

  • Will your cousin come south this year, to that beautiful villa of his at Cannes?

    The Arrow of Gold

    Joseph Conrad

  • She wondered less, and envied them less, after she had seen them at Cannes.

  • "I'll drive you to Cannes like a shot," Richard assented heartily.

    Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • Then they re-entered the car, lit up, and glided off on the road for Cannes.

    Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

British Dictionary definitions for cannes



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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Word Origin and History for cannes


city on the French Riviera, perhaps from a pre-Indo-European word *kan, meaning "height." The film festival dates from 1946.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cannes in Culture



Fashionable resort on the French Riviera.


Cannes hosts an annual international film festival.
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