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Versailles

[ver-sahy, ver- or, French ver-sah-yuh]
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noun
  1. a city in and the capital of Yvelines, in N France, about 12 miles (19 km) SW of Paris: palace of the French kings; peace treaty between the Allies and Germany 1919.
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Yvelines

[eev-leen]
noun
  1. a department in N France. 877 sq. mi. (2271 sq. km). Capital: Versailles.
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  • On the morrow, Durochat was transferred to Versailles, where he was to be judged.

  • It was perhaps three or four years after the turning-point at Versailles.

  • It was with a lady whom I met but that once, within a year or two after my experience at Versailles.

  • They were afraid that the passengers were taking newspapers to Versailles.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • Sometimes I would go as far as Versailles, but this was not without danger.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt


British Dictionary definitions for versailles

Versailles

noun
  1. a city in N central France, near Paris: site of an elaborate royal residence built for Louis XIV; seat of the French kings (1682–1789). Pop: 85 726 (1999)
  2. Treaty of Versailles
    1. the treaty of 1919 imposed upon Germany by the Allies (except for the US and the Soviet Union): the most important of the five peace treaties that concluded World War I
    2. another name for (the Treaty of) Paris of 1783See Paris 1 (def. 1)
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Yvelines

noun
  1. a department of N France, in Île de France region. Capital: Versailles. Pop: 1 370 443 (2003 est). Area: 2271 sq km (886 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for versailles

Versailles

of uncertain origin; perhaps from Latin versus "slope." Originally a hunting lodge built by Louis XIII; made into a palace 17c. by Louis XIV.

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versailles in Culture

Versailles

[(ver-seye, vuhr-seye)]

City in northern France about ten miles southwest of Paris.

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It is the site of the Palace of Versailles, which was built by King Louis xiv in the seventeenth century and was the royal residence for over one hundred years.

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The French Revolution began in Versailles, when mobs stormed the palace.

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The Treaty of Versailles, signed in 1919, officially ended World War I.
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