[ mahr-suh-leyz, -sey-ez; French mar-se-yez ]
/ ˌmɑr səˈleɪz, -seɪˈɛz; French mar sɛˈyɛz /
the French national anthem, written in 1792 by Rouget de Lisle.
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British Dictionary definitions for marseillaise
/ (ˌmɑːsəˈleɪz, French marsɛjɛz) /
the Marseillaise the French national anthem. Words and music were composed in 1792 by C. J. Rouget de Lisle as a war song for the Rhine army of revolutionary France
Word Origin for Marseillaise
C18: from French (chanson) Marseillaise song of Marseille (it was first sung in Paris by the battalion of Marseille)
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