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

Nearby words

  1. marsalis, wynton,
  2. marsanne,
  3. marse,
  4. marseillaise,
  5. marseille,
  6. marsellaise,
  7. marsh,
  8. marsh andromeda,
  9. marsh buck,
  10. marsh buggy

Origin of marseilles

First recorded in 1755–65; after Marseilles




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




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



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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Word Origin and History for marseilles


city in southern France, from French Marseille, ultimately from Greek Massilia, probably from a pre-Latin language of Italy, perhaps Ligurian mas "spring."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for marseilles



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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