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  1. a river flowing from the Alps in S Switzerland through the Lake of Geneva and SE France into the Mediterranean. 504 miles (810 km) long.
  2. a department in E central France: wine-growing region. 1104 sq. mi. (2860 sq. km). Capital: Lyons.
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French Rhône [rohn] /roʊn/.
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Examples from the Web for rhone

Historical Examples

  • The new province of Gaul was invaded through the valley of the Rhone.

    The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism

    Franz Cumont

  • Her mother had been thrown into the Rhone, with a stone around her neck, and drowned.

  • And in Gaul there flow numerous rivers, among which are the Rhone and the Rhine.



  • St. Maurice is in the Rhone valley, some sixteen miles from Villeneuve.

  • He was the recognized leader of their sympathizers in the Rhone valley.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte

    William Milligan Sloane

British Dictionary definitions for rhone


  1. a river in W Europe, rising in S Switzerland in the Rhône glacier and flowing to Lake Geneva, then into France through gorges between the Alps and Jura and south to its delta on the Gulf of Lions: important esp for hydroelectricity and for wine production along its valley. Length: 812 km (505 miles)
  2. a department of E central France, in the Rhône-Alpes region. Capital: Lyon. Pop: 1 621 718 (2003 est). Area: 3233 sq km (1261 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for rhone


river in southeastern France, from a pre-Indo-European element *rod- meaning "to flow."

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