- a seaport in and the capital of Bouches-du-Rhône department, in SE France.
French Mar·seille [mar-se-yuh] /marˈsɛ yə/.
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- a strong cotton fabric with a raised pattern, used for bedspreads, etc
C18: from Marseille quilting, made in Marseille
- a port in SE France, on the Gulf of Lions: second largest city in the country and a major port; founded in about 600 bc by Greeks from Phocaea; oil refining. Pop: 798 430 (1999)Ancient name: Massilia English name: Marseilles (mɑːˈseɪ, -ˈseɪlz)
Word Origin and History for marseille
city in southern France, from French Marseille, ultimately from Greek Massilia, probably from a pre-Latin language of Italy, perhaps Ligurian mas "spring."
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