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

  • A city of northern France on the Seine River west-northwest of Paris. Of pre-Roman origin, it was repeatedly raided by the Norse in the ninth century, became the capital of medieval Normandy in the tenth century, and was held by the English from 1418 to 1449. Joan of Arc was burned at the stake here in 1431. Population: 110,000.
  • n. Any of a breed of common domestic ducks descended from and resembling the mallard.

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  • proper n. A historical city in Haute-Normandie, Normandie, France

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See rowen.


After Rouen 1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • That from a young Frenchman whose home was in Rouen is perhaps the most remarkable letter I have ever received.

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  • There are a few of the old enemies of the first court still in Rouen, but they can do her no more harm: and indeed their presence here perhaps lends even a more powerful authenticity to this story than if we heard only from her friends.

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  • She then gave me directions to the station, my wife and I met on time in Rouen, and I have never miss pronounced "gare" again.

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  • It was not until 1766, long after his first successes and after some of his students in Rouen had been received as master dyers there, that Gonin asked for a mastership in that community. 4 His interest in being named a master dyer, he noted, was to secure protection for his son Gilbert, whose dyehouse had been subjected to harassment from the community.

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  • Louis-Auguste Dambourney, a textile manufacturer in Rouen, published and oversaw publications relating to that subject for the local academy of sciences, belles-lettres and arts, and also served until his death as perpetual secretary for the agricultural society in that city.

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  • In 1778, Antoine-Fran├žois Hardy, a medical doctor in Rouen, proposed a free public course in chemistry and natural history for that city.

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  • The Jacobite John Holker, for example, established English-style factories in Rouen, later becoming an inspector of foreign manufactures and a respected advisor to government officials.

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  • When Denis Doriot, a fayancier in Rouen, invented a suitable red color in 1768, that addition to the palette quickly became a specialty there. 46

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  • However, except for two folies in Rouen, none were ever constructed.

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  • Rouen is just dastardly given half the chance, a pair of rusty pliers and a perfectly healthy set of teeth.

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