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  1. a member of the royal house of Italy that ruled from 1861 to 1946.
  2. French Savoie. a region in SE France, adjacent to the Swiss-Italian border: formerly a duchy; later a part of the kingdom of Sardinia; ceded to France, 1860.
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British Dictionary definitions for savoy


  1. a cultivated variety of cabbage, Brassica oleracea capitata, having a compact head and wrinkled leaves
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C16: named after the Savoy region


  1. an area of SE France, bordering on Italy, mainly in the Savoy Alps: a duchy in the late Middle Ages and part of the Kingdom of Sardinia from 1720 to 1860, when it became part of FranceFrench name: Savoie
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  1. a noble family of Italy that ruled over the duchy of Savoy and became the royal house of Italy (1861–1946): the oldest reigning dynasty in Europe before the dissolution of the Italian monarchy
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Word Origin and History for savoy


region in southeastern France (before 1800 part of the Kingdom of Sardinia), French Savoie, from Roman Sapaudia, of unknown origin. Related: Savoyard.

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