Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An estuary of southwest France formed by the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers and opening into the Bay of Biscay.
  • n. A moderate republican political party of Revolutionary France (1791-93).

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  • proper n. an estuary formed by the French rivers Garonne and Dordogne
  • proper n. one of the departments in the region of Aquitaine, France.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The party of the Girondists taken collectively: as, the Rolands were leaders of the Gironde.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the French moderate political party that was in power (1791-1793) during the French Revolution

Etymologies

After Gironde, a department of southwest France.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • They were the lightships marking the middle bank of the Gironde, which is many miles wide at this spot and rendered dangerous by innumerable sand-banks.

    The Last Hope

  • They were the lightships marking the middle bank of the Gironde, which is many miles wide at this spot and rendered dangerous by innumerable sandbanks.

    The Last Hope

  • This has nothing to do with political orientation—it refers to a region's position relative to the Gironde estuary that divides two sides of Bordeaux.

    Getting to the Bottom of Bordeaux

  • Long before the Bordelais grew rich on the export of Claret and began the process of building their spectacular châteaux on the banks of the Gironde, the salons of Paris were supplied with wines made from the Syrah grape in places such as Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, Condrieu and Cornas.

    Vintage Bargain-Hunting

  • Next month, the world's eyes will turn once again to Bordeaux, where the vignerons along the Gironde will throw open their doors for a glimpse of the new vintage.

    Vintage Bargain-Hunting

  • On the other side of the Gironde, the Left Bank, many châteaux that were once in family hands are now owned by international conglomerates, and wines that were once sold for around €20 are now on the market for thousands of euros a bottle.

    The Remarkable Rise of Le Pin

  • "The wines arrived by road and train, whereas on the other side of the Gironde, on the Medoc, those wines left by sea and found their way to England."

    The Remarkable Rise of Le Pin

  • And on the right bank of the Gironde, the Pomerol region has produced some glorious wines, in particular from Château L'Evangile, Château La Conseillante, Vieux Château Certan and Château Cheval Blanc, whose vineyards sit on the higher plains where the soil of gravel over sand imparts a dry, mineral edge to the wine when it hits the palate.

    A Vintage That Will Age for a Century

  • Certainly, it was a year where châteaux on both sides of the Gironde, such as Château Margaux and Vieux Château Certan, made some of the best wines in their history.

    A Vintage That Will Age for a Century

  • On the Gironde's left bank, there are some beautiful wines, particularly in Saint-Estèphe.

    A Vintage That Will Age for a Century

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