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

  • n. Greek Mythology The prince of Troy whose abduction of Helen provoked the Trojan War.
  • The capital and largest city of France, in the north-central part of the country on the Seine River. Founded as a fishing village on the Île de la Cité, Paris (then called Lutetia) was captured and fortified by the Romans in 52 B.C. Clovis I made it the capital of his kingdom after A.D. 486, and Hugh Capet established it as the capital of France after his accession to the throne in 987. Through the succeeding centuries, Paris grew rapidly as a commercial, cultural, and industrial center. The city was occupied by the Germans in World War II from June 14, 1940, to August 25, 1944. Population: 2,150,000.
  • Paris, Matthew 1200?-1259. English monk and chronicler. His Chronica Majora traced the history of the world from the creation to 1259.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Paridae — herb Paris and its relatives.
  • proper n. A Trojan prince who eloped with Helen.
  • proper n. A male given name from the Trojan hero.
  • proper n. The capital city of France.
  • proper n. Any place named after the French city.
  • proper n. A surname for someone who came from Paris, or a patronymic derived from Patrick.
  • proper n. A male given name from the surname.
  • proper n. A female given name of modern usage, usually from the French city.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plant common in Europe (Paris quadrifolia); herb Paris; truelove. It has been used as a narcotic.
  • n. The chief city of France.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of liliaceous plants of the tribe Medeoleæ, known by its numerical symmetry and its petals, which are linear, awlshaped, or absent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a town in northeastern Texas
  • n. the capital and largest city of France; and international center of culture and commerce
  • n. sometimes placed in subfamily Trilliaceae
  • n. (Greek mythology) the prince of Troy who abducted Helen from her husband Menelaus and provoked the Trojan War


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From Ancient Greek Πάρις (Paris).

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Original sense refers to the city in France. From Middle English, from Old French Paris, from Late Latin name of an earlier settlement, Lutetia Parisiorum "Lutetia of the Parisii", from Latin Parisii, a tribe of Gaul.


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  • In May, 1831, Balzac was again away from Paris, this time taking up his abode in Nemours, where he describes himself as living alone in a tent in the depths of the earth, subsisting on coffee, and working day and night at "La Peau de Chagrin," with "L'Auberge Rouge," which he was writing for the _Revue de Paris_, as his only distraction.

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  • Paris, in hat and pantaloons, (_à la mode de Paris_,) soon showed the white feather, and incontinently fled.

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  • He knew that only one man could wield a bow better than Paris, —Paris who had shot with an arrow Achilles, and who after that had slain many of our chiefs.

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  • This and its companion articles from the _Britannia_ and the _Corsair_, all of 1840-41, but summarising ten or twelve years 'knowledge of Paris, form, with the same author's _Paris Sketch Book_ (but as representing a more mature state of his genius), the best commentary on Paul de Kock.

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  • _Appendice aux études archéologiques sur les anciens plans de Paris et aux dissertations sur les enceintes de Paris_, Paris, 1877, in 4to.

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  • A. Bonnardot, _Dissertation archéologique sur les enceintes de Paris, suivie de recherches sur les portes fortifiées qui dépendaient des enceintes de Paris_, 1851, in 4to, with plan.

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  • All Paris was there, the _tout Paris_ of _premières_, of _les courses_, the _tout Paris_ of _clubsman_ of _belles petites_, of ladies _à chignon jaune_.

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  • P. _Paris et Vienne, Paris_, no date, 4to., in the Library of the Arsenal at Paris, ii 164

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  • Possessed with the insanity, common to all Parisians, of thinking that Paris is the whole world, and that nothing can be good taste, or good sense, or good manners, but what is _à-la-mode de Paris_; through all her boasted politeness, you see, even by her mode of praising, that she has a most illiberal contempt for all who are not Parisians -- she considers the rest of the world as barbarians.

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