Definitions

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

  • A historical region and former province of southwest France. Settled originally by Basque peoples, it was conquered by the Romans and later by the Visigoths and Franks. A new wave of Basque invaders from south of the Pyrenees established the duchy of Vasconia in the sixth century A.D. In 1052 Gascony passed to the duchy of Aquitaine, and after serving as a major battlefield during the Hundred Years' War, it finally became part of the French royal domain in 1607.

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  • proper n. A former region of France that was eliminated during the French revolution.

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  • n. a region of southwestern France

Etymologies

From Old French Gascoigne, from Gasconia, from Wasconia, from Vasconia from Latin Vascones, plural of Vasco, from Ancient Greek ουασκωνους (ouaskōnous), as used by Strabo in his Geographica (23 CE), Book III. either from αἴξ ("goat") (literally “he-goat people”), or variant of Ausci (from which Aquitan, Occitan, and perhaps related to Euskara). Cognate to Basque (compare to Gascon). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A Culinary Journey in Gascony: Recipes and Stories from My French Canal Boat by Kate Ratliffe

    la poule - French Word-A-Day

  • Gascony is also home to Armagnac brandy and most notably, France’s Foie Gras production.

    A Visit to D’Artagnan

  • Delouvrier grew up in Gascony, which is also in the south of France but far across the country, and his specialties tend toward game birds and foie gras, not tomatoes and olives.

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  • Robert Kacher, whose industry leading French discoveries made the US market aware of such regions as Costieres de Nimes and Gascony, provided wines that were instrumental for the credibility of the upstart company.

    Brad Haskel: The Big Man Behind the Little Wine Company

  • Plus a porky logo to post on bloggers' Web sites, possible Charcutepalooza butchers' aprons, temporary tattoos and an out-of-the-blue offer of a grand-prize week at a cooking school in Gascony.

    Food bloggers' charcuterie project goes viral

  • The rolls, currently held at The National Archives, comprise administrative records relating to English rule in medieval Gascony.

    Medieval Gascon Rolls to go online

  • Speaking from his home in Gascony, Lawson denied to the Observer that he had been "upset" by Beddington's criticisms and said he had failed to find a single factual inaccuracy in his book, which was first published in 2008.

    Lord Lawson's 'misleading' climate claims challenged by scientific adviser

  • Gascony is a blessed spot, whose inhabitants, despite enjoying a diet rich in foie gras and confit de canard, boast lower levels of heart disease than anyone else in France and live an average five years longer.

    Budget wine trips in France

  • Master Chef Christian Delouvrier who marveled diners at Lespinasse and Les Celebrités, now helms the kitchen at La Mangeoire on 2nd Avenue which he has transformed and evolved into a French Country Bistro serving home cooked Gascony and other regional French country dishes.

    Karine Bakhoum: Duck, Duck, NO Goose

  • Master Chef Christian Delouvrier who marveled diners at Lespinasse and Les Celebrités, now helms the kitchen at La Mangeoire on 2nd Avenue which he has transformed and evolved into a French Country Bistro serving home cooked Gascony and other regional French country dishes.

    Karine Bakhoum: Duck, Duck, NO Goose

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