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

  • A city of western France on the Bay of Biscay southwest of Tours. It was a Huguenot stronghold in the 1500s.

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  • proper noun A port city on the Bay of Biscay, in the department of Charente-Maritime, region of Poitou-Charentes, in France.


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  • In 1821 a see was established at Luçon, and had under its jurisdiction, aside from the former Diocese of Luçon, almost the entire former Diocese of Maillezais; so that Maillezais, once transferred to La Rochelle, no longer belongs to the diocese now known as La Rochelle et Saintes.

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  • This was the fourth civil war, and centred about a few fortified towns, such as La Rochelle, Montauban, and Nimes.

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  • Pointing to high-speed routes to further-flung destinations such as La Rochelle and Evian that had been built by the mid-90s, Pepy said a much-needed eastbound line was neglected for more than a decade and not commissioned until 2007.

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  • "Well, Claire cannot do better than remain where she is, for the present; until, at any rate, I can remove her to La Rochelle, which is the only place where she can be said to be absolutely safe; but so long as we hold La Charite there is, as you say, but slight fear of any fresh trouble there.

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  • The region encompasses the town of Saintes, with its ancient Roman and Gothic splendors, and La Rochelle, a picturesque and historic Atlantic port.

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  • Monday's development in Mr. Strauss-Kahn's case comes as French Socialists are set to meet in La Rochelle, a coastal town on the Atlantic Ocean, for their traditional summer rally.

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  • Charles I, aside from a disastrous attempt to relieve the besieged Huguenots of La Rochelle from French forces in 1627 (a foray in which Suckling and fellow poet Robert Herrick took part), had a noninterventionist policy regarding the Thirty Years' War (1618-48) in Europe.

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  • Meanwhile, alternative leisure pursuits included "taking glass bottles back to the shop for four pence refunds", "collecting perfumed novelty erasers", or "writing letters to a pen-pal in La Rochelle and waiting 19 weeks for a Par Avion reply".

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  • On the eve of the Socialist party's summer conference in the seaside town of La Rochelle, where six rival candidates for the presidential nomination will gather this weekend, some felt the return of the left's former champion was an unwelcome distraction.

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  • Holidays include a spa break in Normandy (from €585) and a weekend in La Rochelle (from €340), plus lots of family-friendly properties.

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