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[French va-le; English va-ley]
  1. a canton in SW Switzerland. 2021 sq. mi. (5235 sq. km). Capital: Sion.
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Examples from the Web for valais

Historical Examples of valais

  • The valley of the Valais is very narrow and little cultivated.

    Louis Spohr's Autobiography

    Louis Spohr

  • In the Valais we found the spring much less forward than on the other side.

  • Bonaparte's first thought was to march up the Valais and to cross the Simplon.

    The Companions of Jehu

    Alexandre Dumas, pre

  • From the Muveran the view over the Valais is particularly good.


    Frank Fox

  • Valais could not well be given to Piedmont, on account of Swiss jealousy.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte

    William Milligan Sloane

British Dictionary definitions for valais


  1. a canton of S Switzerland: includes the entire valley of the upper Rhône and the highest peaks in Switzerland; produces a quarter of Switzerland's hydroelectricity. Capital: Sion. Pop: 281 000 (2002 est). Area: 5231 sq km (2020 sq miles)German name: Wallis
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