Marseilles

[ mahr-sey ]
/ mɑrˈseɪ /

noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for marseille (1 of 2)

marseille

marseilles (mɑːˈseɪlz)

/ (mɑːˈseɪl) /

noun

a strong cotton fabric with a raised pattern, used for bedspreads, etc

Word Origin for marseille

C18: from Marseille quilting, made in Marseille

British Dictionary definitions for marseille (2 of 2)

Marseille
/ (French marsɛj) /

noun

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)
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Cultural definitions for marseille

Marseilles
[ (mahr-say) ]

City in southeastern France on the Mediterranean Sea; the second-largest city in France, after Paris, and its main seaport.

notes for Marseilles

The Marseillaise,” France's national anthem, is so named because it was a martial song popular with soldiers from Marseilles, who sang it upon entering Paris in 1792.
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