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or Dou·ay

[doo-ey; French dwe]
  1. a city in N France, SE of Calais.
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Examples from the Web for douai

Historical Examples

  • They also wrecked the railway stations at Douai, Don, and Courtrai.

    The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)


  • For you'd lose my help, and she'd not believe you—though every priest in Douai backed your word!

    The Wild Geese

    Stanley John Weyman

  • He says further that he comes from my own seminary of Douai.

    Fort Amity

    Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

  • He pursued his investigations as far as Roubaix, then swept southward to Douai.

    Tam O' The Scoots

    Edgar Wallace

  • It was the work of English scholars connected with the University of Douai.

    The Greatest English Classic

    Cleland Boyd McAfee

British Dictionary definitions for douai


  1. an industrial city in N France: the political and religious centre of exiled English Roman Catholics in the 16th and 17th centuries. Pop: 42 796 (1999)
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Word Origin and History for douai


or Douay, name of town in northern France, used elliptically in reference to the English translation of the Bible begun there late 16c., sanctioned by Roman Catholic Church. [Also called Rheims-Douai translation because it was published in Rheims in 1582]. It uses more Latinate words than the KJV.

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