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

  • n. July 14, observed in France in commemoration of the storming of the Paris Bastille in 1789, a citizens' victory at the outset of the French Revolution.

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  • proper n. The French national holiday celebrated on 14 July each year. It commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789; the Fête de la Fédération was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern French "nation".

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

  • n. a legal holiday in France celebrating the storming of the Paris bastille in 1789


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