from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th 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; during the Middle Ages it was sporadically controlled by the Anglo-Norman kings of England, but passed permanently to France in 1450. Its beaches were the focal point of Allied landings on D-day (June 6, 1944) in World War II.

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  • proper noun A region of France divided into Haute-Normandie and Basse-Normandie.

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  • proper noun 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).

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  • noun a former province of northwestern France on the English channel; divided into Haute-Normandie and Basse-Normandie


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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.


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