from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- A city of north-central France on the Loire River south-southwest of Paris. Founded by Celts and conquered by Julius Caesar in 52 BC, the city was the center of a Frankish kingdom in the sixth century and a residence of the Capetian kings in the tenth century. The English siege of Orléans (1428–1429) was lifted by troops led by Joan of Arc, the “Maid of Orléans.”
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