[ mahr-seylz ]
/ mɑrˈseɪlz /


a thick cotton fabric woven in figures or stripes with an embossed effect, chiefly for bedspreads and other coverings.

Origin of marseilles

First recorded in 1755–65; after Marseilles

Definition for marseilles (2 of 3)


[ mahr-sey ]
/ mɑrˈseɪ /


a seaport in and the capital of Bouches-du-Rhône department, in SE France.
French Mar·seille [mar-se-yuh] /marˈsɛ yə/.

Definition for marseilles (3 of 3)


[ boosh-dy-rohn ]
/ buʃ düˈroʊn /


a department in SE France. 2026 sq. mi. (5245 sq. km). Capital: Marseilles. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for marseilles


/ (French buʃdyron) /


a department of S central France, in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. Capital: Marseille. Pop: 1 883 645 (2003 est). Area: 5284 sq km (2047 sq miles)
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Culture definitions for marseilles


[ (mahr-say) ]

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


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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