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

  • A historical region and former kingdom of southwest Europe in the Pyrenees of northern Spain and southwest France. Inhabited from early times by ancestors of the Basques, it was ruled by a Basque dynasty from the 9th to the 13th century. The southern part was annexed to Spain (1512–1515), while the northern part remained an independent kingdom until it was incorporated into the French crown lands in 1589.

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

  • proper noun An autonomous community in northern Spain, once an independent kingdom of Basque origin.
  • proper noun A part of the Northern Basque Country (France), often referred to as Basse Navarre in French, to distinguish it from the Navarre belonging to Spain.


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