the capital of France, in the north on the River Seine: constitutes a department; dates from the 3rd century bc, becoming capital of France in 987; centre of the French Revolution; centres around its original site on an island in the Seine, the Île de la Cité, containing Notre Dame; university (1150). Pop: 2 125 246 (1999)Ancient name: Lutetia
Treaty of Paris
a treaty of 1783 between the US, Britain, France, and Spain, ending the War of American Independence
a treaty of 1763 signed by Britain, France, and Spain that ended their involvement in the Seven Years' War
a treaty of 1898 between Spain and the US bringing to an end the Spanish-American War
Word Origin for Paris
via French and Old French, from Late Latin (Lūtētia) Parisiōrum (marshes) of the Parisii, a tribe of Celtic Gaul
/ (ˈpærɪs) /
Greek mytha prince of Troy, whose abduction of Helen from her husband Menelaus started the Trojan War
Matthew. ?1200–59, English chronicler, whose principal work is the Chronica Majora
capital of France, from Gallo-Latin Lutetia Parisorum (in Late Latin also Parisii), name of a fortified town of the Gaulish tribe of the Parisii, who had a capital there; literally "Parisian swamps" (cf. Old Irish loth "dirt," Welsh lludedic "muddy, slimy").
The tribal name is of unknown origin, but traditionally derived from a Celtic par "boat" (cf. Greek baris; see barge), hence the ship on the city's coat of arms.
Capital of France and the largest city in the country, located in north-central France on the Seine River; an international cultural and intellectual center, as well as the commercial and industrial focus of France.
In the Treaty of Paris (1783), Britain formally acknowledged the independence of the thirteen colonies as the United States.
In the 1920s, Paris was home to many artists and writers from the United States and other countries.
During World War II, German troops occupied the city from 1940 to 1944.