[luh-val; French la-val]
  1. Pierre [pyer] /pyɛr/, 1883–1945, French lawyer and politician: premier 1931–32, 1935–36; premier of the Vichy government 1942–44; executed for treason 1945.
  2. a city in S Quebec, in E Canada, NW of Montreal, on the St. Lawrence.
  3. a city in and the capital of Mayenne, in W France.


  1. a department in W France. 2012 sq. mi. (5210 sq. km). Capital: Laval. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for laval

Historical Examples of laval

  • He was the son of a barber at Laval, in Maine, where he was born in 1509.


    Samuel Smiles

  • I fancy that we shall march to Laval, and there halt for a day or two.

    No Surrender!

    G. A. Henty

  • He died many years after when at the head of the Laval University.

  • "This is Laval," said the doctor, an hour and a half after the train left Rennes.

    Down the Rhine

    Oliver Optic

  • And Laval got up, reeling from the enormous quantity of blood he had lost.

British Dictionary definitions for laval


  1. a city in SE Canada, in Quebec: a NW suburb of Montreal. Pop: 343 005 (2001)


  1. Pierre (pjɛr). 1883–1945, French statesman. He was premier of France (1931–32; 1935–36) and premier of the Vichy government (1942–44). He was executed for collaboration with Germany


  1. a department of NW France, in Pays de la Loire region. Capital: Laval. Pop: 290 780 (2003 est). Area: 5212 sq km (2033 sq miles)
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