Definition of Calais

1. Noun. A town in northern France on the Strait of Dover that serves as a ferry port to England; in 1347 it was captured by the English king Edward III after a long siege and remained in English hands until it was recaptured by the French king Henry II in 1558.

Generic synonyms: Port, Town
Group relationships: France, French Republic

Definition of Calais

1. Proper noun. A town in Nord-Pas-de-Calais, in the north of France. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Calais

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Calabar bean
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Caladenia cairnsiana
Caladium bicolor
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Calamagrostis acutiflora
Calamintha grandiflora
Calamintha nepeta
Calamintha nepeta glantulosa
Calamintha sylvatica
Calamity Jane
Calamus australis
Calamus penna
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Literary usage of Calais

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Dictionary of National Biography by Sidney Lee (1908)
"It is said that when he was appointed deputy of Calais the French were ... In 1416 he received the Emperor Sigismund at Calais on hie way to England, ..."

2. English Garner: Ingatherings from Our History & Literature by Edward Arber (1895)
"Looking back, all now acknowledge that the loss of Calais was a gain to England, ... Lord WENTWORTH and the Council at Calais. PAGE Letter to Queen MARY, ..."

3. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1907)
"While the siege of Calais was proceeding the notables of France assembled ... The news of the capture of Calais caused the proposition to be accepted with ..."

4. The New York Times Current History (1915)
"Calais or Suez? Which Should be Germany's Objective? By special cable to THE NEW YORK TIMES from London on July 1, 1915, came {he following information: ..."

5. Paris and Environs with Routes from London to Paris: Handbook for Travellers by Karl Baedeker (Firm), Karl Baedeker (1900)
"By Dover, Calais, and Amiens. 2S3 M. By EXPRESS (see 'Bradshaw'), ... United States Consul, James B. Muner, Etq. Calais, a town with 56940 inhab., ..."

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