[vish-ee; French vee-shee]


a city in central France: provisional capital of unoccupied France 1940–1942; hot springs.
(often lowercase) vichy water.

vichy water

or Vichy water



a natural mineral water from springs at Vichy, containing sodium bicarbonate, other alkaline salts, etc., used in the treatment of digestive disturbances, gout, etc.
a water of similar composition, either natural or artificial.

Origin of vichy water

First recorded in 1855–60
Also called vichy, Vichy. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of vichy

  • Things did not go so well with Marshal Petain later, in the Vichy Republic.

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  • One was the relative autonomy that France had earned through its collaborationist government in Vichy.

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British Dictionary definitions for vichy



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)

vichy water


(sometimes capital) a natural mineral water from springs at Vichy in France, reputed to be beneficial to the health
any sparkling mineral water resembling this
Often shortened to: vichy
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Word Origin and History for vichy



in reference to collaborationist government of France, 1940, from the name of the city in department of Allier in central France, famous for mineral springs, seat 1940-44 of the French government formed under Nazi occupation headed by Pétain.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper