a region in N France: formerly a province.

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Historical Examples of picardy

  • I remember such a one in Picardy, with a name as long as a Gascon's pedigree.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • The history of her first settlement at Liesse, in Picardy, is thus related.

  • He was the son of poor parents in Picardy, and when a boy was employed to tend sheep.


    Samuel Smiles

  • It was my note of hand to Chatellerault for my Picardy estates.

  • He must be got away from Bellecour; indeed, he must be got out of Picardy at once, Monsieur.

British Dictionary definitions for picardy



a region of N France: mostly low-lying; scene of heavy fighting in World War IFrench name: Picardie (pikardi)
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Word Origin and History for picardy


from Old French pic (Modern French pique) "pike" (see pike (n.2)); the characteristic weapon of the people who lived in this part of northern France in ancient times.

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