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

  • A city of northwest France near the Bay of Biscay south-southeast of Brest. It is noted for its pottery, known as Quimper ware. Population: 64,900.

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  • proper n. A town in Finistère, Brittany


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From Breton Kemper


  • When Mark and I were in Quimper in June, we had the "opportunity" to use the normally very clean public toilets located throughout the city center (the ones that wash themselves with a shower of water once the user has departed).

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  • Quimper is an old town, and the hôtels of the noblesse, all situated in the same quarter and on a steep street, were of blackened, crumbling stone.

    A Childhood in Brittany Eighty Years Ago

  • My father was of a wealthy bourgeois family of Landerneau, and it must have been his happy character and love of sport rather than his wealth – he was master of hounds and always kept the pack – that made him popular in Quimper, for the gulf between the bourgeoisie and the noblesse was almost impassable.

    A Childhood in Brittany Eighty Years Ago

  • Downstairs, I had a sudden thought that my collection of French country pottery known as Quimper after the town in Brittany where it’s made, would look very good against the same orange color as the accent wall in the room.

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  • "Mr. Strauss-Kahn would have to answer questions on his sexual habits each time he would give a press conference," said Bernard Poignant, a senior French Socialist and mayor of Quimper, a city in Brittany.

    In France, More Troubles

  • Born in Quimper, on the far western edge of Brittany, into a medical family, the brothers had little access to contemporary design growing up.

    In the Comfort of One's Museum

  • On his days off, he would take the train into the town of Quimper and eat a crepe or two.

    Crespelle With Strawberries, Raspberries and Mascarpone

  • The snow had not yet hit the coast and the father of the house, a stubble-chinned little man who hopped around reminding Naldo of an agile monkey, drove him to the railway station at Quimper.

    Final Resting Place of The Pen

  • Not expecting much, I unwrapped one and realized that they were a pair of matching Quimper hanging wall vases, almost certainly 18th century, asking price just over $100 U.S.


  • One taste that came down from my grandmother was for the French faïence pottery Quimper, named for the town in Brittany where it's been manufactured for centuries.



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