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

  • A city of central Belgium east of Brussels. First mentioned in the 9th century, it was a center of the wool trade in the Middle Ages but declined in the late 14th century because of civil strife. Its famed university dates from the 15th century. Population: 91,900.

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  • proper n. Capital city of the province of Flemish Brabant in Belgium


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  • I retained my position in Louvain and have since shared my time more or less equally between the two universities.

    Christian de Duve - Autobiography

  • Germans get through Li├Ęge and close enough to threaten Louvain, which is only a few miles out of Brussels.

    A Journal From Our Legation in Belgium

  • Louvain, which is an artistic achievement of the highest excellence.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip

  • Then a cheap supper, a long walk along the quais or ramparts or outside -- a game of dominoes, and a glass or two of "Malines" or "Louvain" -- then bed, without invading hordes; the Flemish are as clean as the Dutch; and there he would soon smoke and read himself to sleep in spite of chimes -- which lull you, when once you get "achimatized," as he called it, meaning of course to be funny: a villainous kind of fun -- caught, I fear, in Barge Yard,

    The Martian

  • "The password is 'Louvain'," said Helen, retiring, not at all sorry to seek the comfort of her bed.

    For the Sake of the School

  • In the belfry of St. Peter's at Louvain, which is now in ruins and level with the street, was a great bell of splendid tone, bearing the following inscription: "Claes Noorden Johan Albert de Grave me fecerunt

    Vanished towers and chimes of Flanders

  • After a series of successful meetings starting in 1997 in Louvain, WIAMIS 2010 will be held in Desenzano del

    Multimedia Communication: WIAMIS-2010: Deadline Extension

  • Researchers at the Catholic University of Louvain got an unprecedented up-close look at a different breed of the sharks, which are known by either their scientific name -- Etmopterus spinax, their common name -- the velvet belly lantern shark, or their street name -- "the phantom hunter of the fjords," according to Discovery News.

    Lantern Sharks Can Become Invisible, Glow-In-The-Dark

  • In the same place there is also a fascinating discussion of learners and phrasal verbs drawing on the University of Louvain data base of learner English by Sylvie De Cock.

    P is for Phrasal Verb « An A-Z of ELT

  • But to those who went through it, our past was their future, and they didn't know about the flames of Louvain, the execution of Belgian hostages, or the Western Front, let alone carpet bombing, Auschwitz, or Hiroshima and the collapse of Western Civilization.

    October 11th, 2009


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