from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A city of northern France southwest of Le Havre. A Huguenot stronghold in the 1500s and 1600s, it is the burial place of William the Conqueror.

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  • proper noun A city in the Calvados département of Basse-Normandie, France


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  • She flew overseas to speak in Caen about the “inhuman treatment” her clients received.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Lawyers, Treason, and Deception: A Response to Andrew McCarthy 2010

  • One example of such a cascade facility is the GANIL accelerator complex in Caen, where two sector focusing cyclotrons are used for heavy-ion physics.

    Accelerators and Nobel Laureates 2001

  • He delivered countless lectures, wrote dozens of reports, published upwards of 200 notes and articles, most of them in law reviews and political science journals, and produced several books, of which the most important, in collaboration with his colleague, Charles Lyon-Caen, is the nine-volume Traité de droit commercial (1889-1899).

    Louis Renault - Biography 1907

  • We must now speak of Caen as we see it on fête days, but for the information of those who are interested in it as a place of residence, we may allude in passing to the very pleasant English society that has grown up here of late years, to the moderate rents of houses, the good schools and masters to be met with; the comparative cheapness of provisions and of articles of clothing, and to the good accommodation at the principal inns.

    Normandy Picturesque Henry Blackburn 1863

  • Toulouse versus Brest and Lorient against Caen ended goalless.

    Paris St-Germain 'winter champions' in France after Montpellier lose 2011

  • William imported the Caen stone with which to finish the windows and corners the whitewash came 200 years later.

    Early medieval architecture in Britain: examples from the era 2011

  • I've been lucky enough to revel in this carnival metropolis since newspapers captivated readers with bristling exploits of the Zodiac Killer and Herb Caen wrote his daily columns for the San Francisco Chronicle exalting life in "Baghdad by the Bay."

    Red Room: Pam Tent: Home Is Where You Hang Your Hat: Why San Francisco Is It for Me Red Room 2011

  • Asked to specify what he liked best, Caen said: Well there seemed to be a lot of Orson Welles's radio technique in it, it seemed to me: a lot of the effects he got on the . . .

    Rosebud and the Radio Tom Nolan 2011

  • Chronicle columnist Herb Caen wrote "In this strangely flat era of" diversity, "she was the rarest of birds, an exotic creature who rose each morning to become the sun around whom thousands of lives revolved."

    Jessica Mitford (1917 - 1996) 2010

  • Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Dresden, the Blitz, Coventry and Caen, the gas chambers and the gulags – with, more recently Iraq, Afghanistan, and the wars in Africa – demonstrate, in particular, our leaders' propensities to hijack science for wholesale murder.

    Steven Pinker is wrong – we live in the bloodiest times ever | letters 2011


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