[ par-is; for 2 also French pa-ree ]
/ ˈpær ɪs; for 2 also French paˈri /
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Matthew. Matthew of Paris.
Ancient Lutetia Parisiorum, Pa·ris·i·i [puh-riz-ee-ahy]. /pəˈrɪz iˌaɪ/. a city in and the capital of France and capital of Ville-de-Paris Department, in the N part, on the Seine.
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Treaty of,
  1. a treaty signed in 1763 by France, Spain, and Great Britain that ended the Seven Years' War and the French and Indian War.
  2. a treaty signed in 1783 by the United States and Great Britain that ended the American Revolution.
  3. a treaty signed in 1898 by the United States and Spain that ended the Spanish-American War.
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Other definitions for Paris (2 of 2)

[ par-is ]
/ ˈpær ɪs /

noun Classical Mythology.
a Trojan prince, son of Priam and Hecuba and brother of Cassandra, who awarded the apple of discord to Aphrodite and was by her help enabled to abduct Helen.
Also called Al·ex·an·der [al-ig-zan-der, -zahn-], /ˌæl ɪgˈzæn dər, -ˈzɑn-/, Al·ex·an·dros [al-ig-zan-dros, -drohs] /ˌæl ɪgˈzæn drɒs, -droʊs/ .
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British Dictionary definitions for Paris (1 of 2)

/ (ˈpærɪs, French pari) /

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
  1. a treaty of 1783 between the US, Britain, France, and Spain, ending the War of American Independence
  2. a treaty of 1763 signed by Britain, France, and Spain that ended their involvement in the Seven Years' War
  3. 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

British Dictionary definitions for Paris (2 of 2)

/ (ˈpærɪs) /

Greek myth a 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
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Cultural definitions for Paris (1 of 2)


A prince of Troy in classical mythology, whose abduction of the Greek queen Helen caused the Trojan War (see also Trojan War) (see Helen of Troy and Judgment of Paris). Paris (or, according to some stories, Apollo disguised as Paris) killed Achilles by piercing his heel with an arrow.

Cultural definitions for Paris (2 of 2)


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.

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In the Treaty of Paris (1783), Britain formally acknowledged the independence of the thirteen colonies as the United States.

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In the 1920s, Paris was home to many artists and writers from the United States and other countries.

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During World War II, German troops occupied the city from 1940 to 1944.

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The city's tourist attractions include the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, and the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris. The Champs Élysées is the most famous of its many celebrated streets, avenues, and boulevards.

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Paris is a center for fashion and design.

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It is called the “City of Light.”
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