[aw-ran, oh-ran; French aw-rahn]


a seaport in NW Algeria.

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  • She ought to have done well, for there were many soldiers in Oran.

    A Soldier of the Legion

    C. N. Williamson

  • "I had the honour to be attached as correspondent to his staff—in Oran," said Jack.


    Robert W. Chambers

  • In one instance only during my stay at Oran was I spoken to by an Arab.

  • "Between me and the townland that my desire is in," the Oran steersman prompted.

    The Wind Bloweth

    Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne

  • Oran (Roscommon), only 12 feet left, must have been one of the largest.

British Dictionary definitions for oran



a port in NW Algeria: the second largest city in the country; scene of the destruction by the British of most of the French fleet in the harbour in 1940 to prevent its capture by the Germans. Pop: 744 000 (2005 est)
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