[nants; French nahnt]


a seaport in and the capital of Loire-Atlantique, in W France, at the mouth of the Loire River.
Edict of, French History. a law, promulgated by Henry IV in 1598, granting considerable religious and civil liberty to the Huguenots: revoked by Louis XIV in 1685.




a department in NW France. 2695 sq. mi. (6980 sq. km). Capital: Nantes.
Formerly Loire-In·fé·rieure [lwar-an-fey-ryœr] /lwar ɛ̃ feɪˈryœr/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • "And I am naturally going there, when going to Nantes," replied the surintendant.

  • The lamprey, petromyzon, is put by Linneus amongst the nantes, which are defined to possess both gills and lungs.

  • Was he not traveling to join the king at Nantes, and what did the rapidity prove but his zeal to obey?

    The Man in the Iron Mask

    Alexandre Dumas, Pere

  • Five months had now elapsed since the duchess entered Nantes.

    Louis Philippe

    John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott

  • Kleber marched with great rapidity, passed through Nantes without stopping, and established himself at the camp of Saint Georges.

    No Surrender!

    G. A. Henty

British Dictionary definitions for nantes



a port in W France, at the head of the Loire estuary: scene of the signing of the Edict of Nantes and of the Noyades (drownings) during the French Revolution; extensive shipyards, and large metallurgical and food processing industries. Pop: 270 251 (1999)
history See Edict of Nantes



a department of W France, in Pays de la Loire region. Capital: Nantes. Pop: 1 174 120 (2003 est). Area: 6980 sq km (2722 sq miles)
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