or Dou·ay

[doo-ey; French dwe] Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  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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