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

  • An island of northwest France in the Atlantic Ocean off western Brittany. Naval battles between the French and the British occurred off the island in 1778 and 1794.


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  • "That course will take the ship to a point off Ushant, which is an island near the coast of France, not far from Brest," replied Paul, who took especial pleasure in explaining to her the working of the vessel.

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  • With less than 16,000 miles to go before reaching Ushant, that is two thirds of the round the world to cover, Groupama 3 still has every chance of making it back in well under fifty days at sea ... USA Latest News

  • There are some who define the British Isles as the archipelago off the north-west coast of Europe, which includes the Channel Islands, Ushant, the Faroes, Heligoland etc.

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  • As a (very) small child, I imagined that Dunkirk must be in Scotland, and Ushant never seemed to me to refer to a place in France (I think it is now usually seen in its French spelling – Ouessant).

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  • By the evening of March 19 they were off Ushant, the westernmost point of France.

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  • He served in the American Revloution as an officer in the French Royal Navy but hid in the his ships hold during the battle off d'Ouessant Ushant in 1778.

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  • And notably in a great sea-fight which befell off Ushant on the first of June — Our Admiral, messire

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  • Where where WHERE did you get the Ouessant/Ushant fleece?

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  • It blew half a gale before we were out of the Channel, and by the time we had rounded Ushant it was as dirty weather as ever I hope to see.

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  • Calder tells me are in motion — pick up those at Rochefort, who, I am told, are equally ready, and will make them above thirty sail; and then, without going near Ushant or the Channel fleet, proceed to Ireland.



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