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  1. a department in N France. 2607 sq. mi. (6750 sq. km). Capital: Arras.
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Pas de Calais

[pahduh ka-le]
  1. French name of the Strait of Dover.
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Examples from the Web for pas-de-calais

Historical Examples

  • The night was dark and the stillness of summer rested over the Pas-de-Calais.

    Submarine Warfare of To-day

    Charles W. Domville-Fife

  • Ar-twa´, former province of France, now forming the greater part of the department Pas-de-Calais.

  • I try to imagine what may be the relative merit of an inhabitant of Pas-de-Calais compared to one from Grenoble.

  • Why not choose some other spot on the long white, unending cliff that extends from the Pas-de-Calais to Havre?

  • But, Unhappy Thought, if we don't land in the pas-de-Calais, the result will be pas de djeuner.

British Dictionary definitions for pas-de-calais


  1. a department of N France, in Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, on the Straits of Dover (the Pas de Calais): the part of France closest to the British Isles. Capital: Arras. Pop: 1 451 307 (2003 est). Area: 6752 sq km (2633 sq miles)
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