Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • There were H-Hours and D-Days all over the world, but the one in Normandy is the one that has been associated with that term in the decades since.

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  • I think the V-10 (which according to a German prisoner in Normandy is the weapon that will end the war) is the one I want to see in operation. and the sooner the better, because V-10, gentlemen, is a genuine war weapon.

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  • "Truth is that in Neustria, which we call Normandy," lived once a nobleman who had a beautiful daughter; every one asked her in marriage, but he always refused, so as not to part from her.

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  • I was in Normandy last weekend, will be back there at Easter and then off to Cognac in June - can't go often enough!

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  • France is now the world's largest oyster producer and consumer, fuelled by the oyster beds in Normandy, which produce the vast majority.

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  • Then, on June 6, 1944, the Allies landed in Normandy, and only months after living in daily fear of his life, Dr. Mandelbrot soon found himself at France's elite Ecole Polytechnique.

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  • The opening 24 minutes of the film is based upon the Normandy landing on D-Day at Omaha Beach in Normandy on June 6, 1944, but that is where the historical side ends and the story takes over.

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  • This volume consists of Record Commission transcripts of documents found mostly in Normandy, and dated up to 1206 (the end of English control of the region).

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  • Personally I do not believe that our countrymen are buried beneath white tombstones in Normandy or entombed in the USS Arizona so that we can apply the law unevenly or shred the Constitution.

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  • President Sarkozy is in Normandy hosting a summit meeting with the leaders of Russia and Germany.

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