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

  • A historical region and former province of south-central France on an arm of the Mediterranean Sea west of the Rhone River. Named after the Romance language of its inhabitants, it was conquered by the Franks in the eighth century and incorporated into the French royal domain in 1271.

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  • n. A former province of France, in the south of the country.
  • adj. Pertaining to the Occitan language: Provençal, related to Catalan.


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French Languedoc, from langue d'oc ("the language of oc"), from Dante Alighieri’s De vulgari eloquentia, where he wrote in Latin: “nam alii oc, alii si, alii vero dicunt oil” (‘some say òc, others say sì, others say oïl’). Based on the Occitan word òc ("yes"), in contrast to Old French oïl (now French oui).



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