[ awr-lee-uhnz; French awr-ley-ahn ]

  1. a city in and the capital of Loiret, in central France, SSW of Paris: English siege of the city raised by Joan of Arc 1428.

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British Dictionary definitions for Orléans (1 of 2)


/ (ɔːˈlɪənz, French ɔrleɑ̃) /

  1. a city in N central France, on the River Loire: famous for its deliverance by Joan of Arc from the long English siege in 1429; university (1305); an important rail and road junction. Pop: 113 126 (1999)

British Dictionary definitions for Orléans (2 of 2)


/ (French ɔrleɑ̃) /

  1. Charles (ʃarl), Duc d'Orléans. 1394–1465, French poet; noted for the poems written during his imprisonment in England; father of Louis XII

  2. Louis Philippe Joseph (lwi filip ʒozɛf), Duc d'Orléans, known as Philippe Égalité (after 1792). 1747–93, French nobleman, who supported the French Revolution and voted for the death of his cousin, Louis XVI, but was executed after his son, the future king Louis-Philippe, defected to the Austrians

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