from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A historical region and former province of northwest France on the English Channel. Part of ancient Gaul, the region was successively conquered by the Romans, Franks, and Norse; passed to England after the Norman Conquest (1066) and during the Hundred Years' War (1337-1453); and was restored to France in 1450. Its beaches were the focal point of Allied landings on D-day (June 6, 1944) in World War II.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. Historical region and former province of Northwest France on the English Channel, divided into the regions Haute-Normandie and Basse-Normandie. Its beaches were the site of Allied landings on D-Day (June 6, 1944).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- proper n. A region of France divided into Haute-Normandie and Basse-Normandie.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a former province of northwestern France on the English channel; divided into Haute-Normandie and Basse-Normandie
Old French Normendie, from normant + -ie. Normant refers to the Germanic words for 'north' and 'man', as the original normans were of Scandinavian origin. More at Norman. (Wiktionary)