Versailles

[ ver-sahy, ver- or, French ver-sah-yuh ]
/ vɛrˈsaɪ, vər- or, French vɛrˈsɑ yə /

noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for Versailles

Versailles
/ (vɛəˈsaɪ, -ˈseɪlz, French vɛrsɑj) /

noun

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)
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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Cultural definitions for Versailles

Versailles
[ (ver-seye, vuhr-seye) ]

City in northern France about ten miles southwest of Paris.

notes for Versailles

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.

notes for Versailles

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

notes for Versailles

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