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  1. a town in and the capital of Aisne, in N France, E of Paris.
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[eyn; French en]
  1. a river in N France, flowing NW and W to the Oise. 175 miles (280 km) long.
  2. a department in N France. 2868 sq. mi. (7430 sq. km). Capital: Laon.
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Historical Examples of laon

  • Laon soon learned something of the character of its new bishop.

    Historical Tales, Vol. 6 (of 15)

    Charles Morris

  • With thumb and forefinger I could have spanned the distance between Soissons and Laon.

    High Adventure

    James Norman Hall

  • June 8th, we left Laon at sunrise, and took the road to St Quentin.

  • Examples of them are, however, to be found at Laon, Soissons and Paris.

  • I have spoken of this poem under its first name of Laon and Cythna.


    John Addington Symonds

British Dictionary definitions for laon


  1. a department of NE France, in Picardy region. Capital: Laon. Pop: 535 326 (2003 est). Area: 7428 sq km (2897 sq miles)
  2. a river in N France, rising in the Argonne Forest and flowing northwest and west to the River Oise: scene of a major Allied offensive in 1918 which turned the tide finally against Germany in World War I. Length: 282 km (175 miles)
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