from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A red wine grown in the department of Yonne, France, in the neighborhood of Tonnerre, resembling Burgundy of the second and inferior grades, and keeping well.


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  • "Well, 'tonnerre' is French for thunder," explained Diana.

    The Rilloby Fair Mystery

  • Le tonnerre de dieu (The Thunder of God) 1966 Der Kongreß amüsiert sich (Congress of Love)

    Lilli Palmer.

  • (Well, maybe not tonnerre, * but they do need fire!) "So," I say to monsieur, verifying that I've understood his recipe for tomates provençales.

    French Word-A-Day:

  • A Citroën Mehari – 602 cubic centimeters of tonnerre!

    Late summer morning at the Goldenrod

  • Ca ne marche pas du tonnerre de dieu mais j'ai moins d'hallucinations je me suis dit "bah je peux reprendre le volant" malheureusement il est interdit de conduire sous l'emprise de stupefiant qu'on les ai eu sur ordonnance ou pas ...

    pinku-tk Diary Entry

  • It is one of those imitative words which are to be found in all languages; as, for example, in the French we have sens dessus dessous, tintamarre, trictrac, tonnerre, bombe.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • He placed a thunderstone—a pierre tonnerre—in an enamel dish and covered it with a magical potion.

    The Serpent and the Rainbow

  • A pierre tonnerre and the skulls of a human and a dog were placed on top of the sheet, the sucker of a banana plant beside him.

    The Serpent and the Rainbow

  • Les personnes qui touchent ses reliques ou portent sur elles son nom béni espérent échapper pendant leur vie aux atteintes des démons, de la rage et du tonnerre.

    Three Thousand Years of Mental Healing

  • For I verily believe that what has happened, although it came upon me like coup de tonnerre, and has given me a great deal of bile, and my stomach I find weakened from that cause, more than from any other, -- for I'm more and more abstemious every day, -- yet I now see that all will end well, and that in the meantime neither you (n) or

    George Selwyn: His Letters and His Life


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