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  1. a city in and the capital of Vienne, in W France: Roman ruins; battles a.d. 507, 732, 1356.
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  1. a city in SE France, on the Rhone River, S of Lyons: Roman ruins.
  2. a department in W France. 2720 sq. mi. (7045 sq. km). Capital: Poitiers.
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Examples from the Web for poitiers

Historical Examples

  • It so happened that the Bishop of Poitiers was in his diocese at the time.

    The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete

    Madame La Marquise De Montespan

  • It need scarcely be said that the Crescent referred to Diana of Poitiers.

  • It is out of the question for us to think of returning to Poitiers.

  • There is also glass of much the same sort at Poitiers, Bourges, and Rheims.

    The Story of Glass

    Sara Ware Bassett

  • Much of old Poitiers has been destroyed; and new Poitiers is by no means beautiful.

    Barn and the Pyrenees

    Louisa Stuart Costello

British Dictionary definitions for poitiers


  1. a city in S central France: capital of the former province of Poitou until 1790; scene of the battle (1356) in which the English under the Black Prince defeated the French; university (1432). Pop: 83 448 (1999)
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  1. a department of W central France, in Poitou-Charentes region. Capital: Poitiers. Pop: 402 555 (2003 est). Area: 7044 sq km (2747 sq miles)
  2. a town in SE France, on the River Rhône: extensive Roman remainsAncient name: Vienna
  3. a river in SW central France, flowing west and north to the Loire below Chinon. Length: over 350 km (200 miles)
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