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

  • A historical region of southern France bordering on Spain and the Mediterranean Sea. Originally inhabited by Iberians, it became part of Roman Gaul after c. 121 B.C. and later changed hands many times, eventually becoming a Spanish possession that was transferred to France by the Treaty of the Pyrenees (1659).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A strong wine of very dark-red color, made in southern France.


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  • At the book fair in Roussillon, it took me almost half the day to figure out how to get the French to notice my author's stand.

    French Word-A-Day:

  • Roussillon is one my favorite places and oh how I wish I could be there to meet you both.

    beau-fils - French Word-A-Day

  • Banyuls is a fortified wine (Port-style) made in Roussillon, around the area where France meets Spain.

    Wine Blogging Wednesday

  • The tragic story of Guillem de Cabestaing, who came from that district of Roussillon which is said to be famous for its red wine and its black sheep, will serve to show how love could not be bound by laws of honor and how quick punishment came to pay the score.

    Women of the Romance Countries

  • The photo above is a room preserved as is from Beckett’s residence in Roussillon.

    Samuel Beckett – Lessness for 100 years

  • I live in Barjac, in Languedoc Roussillon, France, and the weather here today is mild and sunny, about 19C

    contretemps - French Word-A-Day

  • Anyone remotely acquainted with the Languedoc and Roussillon upon seeing the production quantities would know (or would at have to suspect) that the production of this wine was far beyond the capabilities of Pinot Noir planted in these growing regions to produce.

    French winemakers found guilty in pinot noir fraud | Dr Vino's wine blog

  • So when I landed at Béziers airport, in the Languedoc Roussillon region of south-west France, I was looking forward to encountering this beautiful creature for the first time.

    Birdwatch: Little bustard

  • It isn't the first time he has been found courting La Dame; take him to the powdery depths of the canyon at Roussillon, and he'll brush red and yellow ochre across his stubbled face.


  • European Union farming lobby Copa-Cogeca said dozens of trucks carrying fruit in recent weeks have been intercepted at a crossing in Boulou en Roussillon, causing problems for companies trying to ship goods into France.

    French Farmers Attack Fruit Shipments From Spain


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