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

  • n. One of a French-speaking people of Celtic descent inhabiting southern and southeast Belgium and adjacent regions of France.
  • n. The dialect of French spoken by this people.

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  • proper n. The Romance language commonly spoken until the middle of the 20th century in parts of southern Belgium and northern France (around Givet).
  • n. An inhabitant of Wallonia, of Belgian nationality, nowadays generally French-speaking, but also possibly German-speaking.
  • n. An inhabitant of the region of southern Belgium and northern France (around Givet), usually of Belgian nationality.
  • adj. Referring to the French-speaking people of southern Belgium and parts of northern France.
  • adj. Referring to the Romance language spoken by this people.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A member of a people found chiefly in southern and southeastern Belgium, also in the neighboring parts of France, and in a few places in Rhenish Prussia near Malmedy. They are descended from the ancient Belgæ, mixed with Germanic and Roman elements.
  • n. In America, especially colonial New York, one of the Huguenot settlers from Artois, in northern France, etc.
  • n. A French dialect, spoken by the Walloons of Belgium, France, etc.
  • Of or pertaining to the Walloons: as, the Walloon language.
  • n. [lowercase] A disease of the tobacco-plant in which the leaves assume an abnormal erect position, regarded as due to an excess of moisture followed by drought.

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

  • n. a dialect of French spoken in Belgium and adjacent parts of France
  • n. a member of the French-speaking people living in Belgium


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

French Wallon, from Old French, of Germanic origin.

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French wallon, from Old High German ᚹᚨᛚᚺᚨ (walha, "foreigner, stranger, speaker of Celtic or Latin"), from Proto-Germanic *walhaz.


  • The term Walloon 'was also used in the late 18th and the 19th century to refer to French-speakers who migrated to the

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  • There is currently an effort to revive Walloon dialects: some schools offer language courses in Walloon, which is also spoken in some radio programmes, but this effort remains very limited.

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  • Although this is home to Walloon, that is by no means the only language spoken there;

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  • But we don't speak now of "Walloon" as a distinctive language, and "Flemish" has shared the same fate.

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  • Having diversified their production, Walloon companies rank among the world leaders in their respective fields.

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  • Although he is up on the latest gadgets and methods, he often invokes his Walloon grandmother.

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  • "I have been a favorite before," said Evans, the road race world champion who also won the Walloon Arrow cycling classic last month.

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  • "Mrs. Morel was an extreme example of someone who was very popular, very well-known at least, in the Flemish side of the country, but totally unknown — really totally unknown — in the Walloon region, and even for journalists she was totally unknown," Mr. Leterme said, adding that he doesn't think she was an extremist.

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  • From the start of the story, Simenon emphasizes the contrast between Roger's father's French-speaking Walloon family and his mother's Flemish relations.

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  • Roger's parents, the houses the family inhabited in the working-class district of Outremeuse, the schools Roger attends, the aunts and uncles and cousins of his extended Flemish-Walloon family, the Russian and Jewish lodgers his mother takes in, are all just like those in Simenon's life.

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