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

  • Passy, Frédéric 1822-1912. French economist and pacifist who founded the International League for Permanent Peace (1867). In 1901 he shared the first Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Passy, Paul Édouard 1859-1940. French philologist who founded the International Phonetic Association (1894).


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  • She lives at Passy, and calls herself _la recluse de Passy_; others call her _la recluse du Passé_.

    In the Courts of Memory, 1858 1875; from Contemporary Letters

  • The tradition of the French civil service was strong in Passy's family, his uncle, Hippolyte Passy (1793-1880), rising to become

    Frédéric Passy - Biography

  • Passy, "as we called the Passy voyous, big and small, who came there in their hundreds -- to slide and pick up quarrels with well-dressed and respectable school-boys.

    The Martian

  • Several years later, a book synthesizing French prehistory included an aerial photograph of an area known as Passy, about 70 miles southeast of Paris, showing circular enclosures surrounding tombs probably dating to the Bronze Age.

    Before the Pyramids...

  • We had just discovered what archaeologists now call Passy-type structures, tombs belonging to the Cerny people which, though poor in grave goods, have yielded human remains.

    Before the Pyramids...

  • We continue steady to our little cell at Passy, which is retired, quiet, and quite to ourselves, with a magnificent view of Paris from one side, and a beautiful one of the country on the other.

    The Diary and Letters of Madame D'Arblay — Volume 3

  • Mr. Passy is a staff writer for SmartMoney magazine in New York.

    You Snooze, You Lose

  • Henry Dunant, founder of the Red Cross, shared the first Nobel Peace Prize in 1901 with Frédéric Passy, a leading international pacifist of the time.

    The Nobel Peace Prize

  • It was raining again when Fondard arrived at the barrière de Passy, and the information he received did not justify a descent into the wet.

    The Mistaken Wife

  • The guard at the barrière Nationale says he remembers a man and a woman with American papers—he thinks he remembers them—and there is a second report of an American at the barrière de Passy.

    The Mistaken Wife


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