from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A city of west-central Indiana on the Wabash River northwest of Indianapolis. Purdue University was established near here in 1869.
  • A city of south-central Louisiana west-southwest of Baton Rouge. Settled by Acadians in the 1700s, it is a center of Cajun culture and has a large petrochemicals industry.
  • Gilbert du Motier de,French soldier and politician who fought in the American Revolution and was active in the 1789 and 1830 revolutions in France.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A sciænoid fish of the northern United States, Liostomus xanthurus, of an oblong form, with the back elevated toward the front, a steep profile, and no teeth in the lower jaw.
  • noun A stromateoid fish, Stromateus triacanthus; the butter-fish, dollar-fish, or harvest-fish. See cut under butter-fish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The dollar fish.
  • noun A market fish, the goody, or spot (Liostomus xanthurus), of the southern coast of the United States.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette (1757 – 1834), a French aristocrat who is considered a national hero in both France and the United States for his participation in the French and American revolutions.
  • proper noun Any of a number of U.S. places named for the Marquis de La Fayette, including a large city in Louisiana.
  • proper noun US A male given name, originally in honor of the Marquis.

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

  • noun French soldier who served under George Washington in the American Revolution (1757-1834)
  • noun a university town in west central Indiana on the Wabash River
  • noun a town in south central Louisiana; settled by Acadians
  • noun French soldier who served under George Washington in the American Revolution (1757-1834)


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French surname from Occitan, "the little beech tree".


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  • ‡ A United States Army officer, speaking at the tomb of Lafayette after United States forces had arrived in support of France in World War I, said, “Lafayette, we are here.

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  • LAFAYETTE - The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Community Foundation of Acadiana, and Lafayette Consolidated Government are pleased to announce their collaborative effort to dedicate nearly 100 acres of university property on Johnston Street, known as The Horse Farm for the development of a passive public park, preserving its natural beauty for use as walking trails, bike paths, gardens, green space and uses other than organized sports areas.


  • LAFAYETTE - Boulder West Financial Services Inc. in Lafayette is shuttering its operations.


  • Lafayette 148 New York The label Lafayette 148 is offering several animal prints this spring, including a silk blouse in a leopard print.

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  • The British generals thoroughly understood what they called Lafayette's "gasconading disposition," and they relied upon it to work woe to his plans and to contribute to their own glory.


  • Also, in Lafayette county, there are thousands of miles of corn on huge crop farms.

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  • Update At Prime Buzz, Dave Helling notes that for Bond to claim that cap-and-trade has a $11,000 cost, he relies on FAPRI's "representative" 1,900-acre farm in Lafayette County, MO:

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  • Michael Heinz/Journal and Courier via Associated Press Police and firemen in Lafayette, Ind., checked out a utility pole pushed to one side by high winds.

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  • With 1,100 communities saying they want fiber, and a model to replicate in Lafayette, I wonder if there will be an explosion of proposals after Google picks its anointed city.

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  • Also, in Lafayette county, there are thousands of miles of corn on huge crop farms.

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