[ vish-ee; French vee-shee ]

  1. a city in central France: provisional capital of unoccupied France 1940–1942; hot springs.

  2. (often lowercase) vichy water.

Words Nearby Vichy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Vichy in a sentence

  • After two repeated visits to the French watering-place of Vichy, he returned to Geneva.

  • Isaacson poured out some Vichy water and began to squeeze the juice of half a lemon into it.

    Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
  • He marched stiffly out of the room, posing at the door to make an obscene gesture meant for the men of Vichy.

    The Five Arrows | Allan Chase

British Dictionary definitions for Vichy


/ (French viʃi, English ˈviːʃiː) /

  1. a town and spa in central France, on the River Allier: seat of the collaborationist government under Marshal Pétain (1940–44); mineral waters bottled for export. Pop: 26 528 (1999): Latin name: Vicus Calidus (ˈviːkəs ˈkælɪdəs)

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