Definitions

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

  • n. One of a French-speaking people of Celtic descent inhabiting southern and southeast Belgium and adjacent regions of France.
  • n. The dialect of French spoken by this people.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The Romance language commonly spoken until the middle of the 20th century in parts of southern Belgium and northern France (around Givet).
  • n. An inhabitant of Wallonia, of Belgian nationality, nowadays generally French-speaking, but also possibly German-speaking.
  • n. An inhabitant of the region of southern Belgium and northern France (around Givet), usually of Belgian nationality.
  • adj. Referring to the French-speaking people of southern Belgium and parts of northern France.
  • adj. Referring to the Romance language spoken by this people.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. [lowercase] A disease of the tobacco-plant in which the leaves assume an abnormal erect position, regarded as due to an excess of moisture followed by drought.
  • n. A member of a people found chiefly in southern and southeastern Belgium, also in the neighboring parts of France, and in a few places in Rhenish Prussia near Malmedy. They are descended from the ancient Belgæ, mixed with Germanic and Roman elements.
  • n. In America, especially colonial New York, one of the Huguenot settlers from Artois, in northern France, etc.
  • n. A French dialect, spoken by the Walloons of Belgium, France, etc.
  • Of or pertaining to the Walloons: as, the Walloon language.

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

  • n. a dialect of French spoken in Belgium and adjacent parts of France
  • n. a member of the French-speaking people living in Belgium

Etymologies

French Wallon, from Old French, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French wallon, from Old High German ᚹᚨᛚᚺᚨ (walha, "foreigner, stranger, speaker of Celtic or Latin"), from Proto-Germanic *walhaz. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The term Walloon 'was also used in the late 18th and the 19th century to refer to French-speakers who migrated to the

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • There is currently an effort to revive Walloon dialects: some schools offer language courses in Walloon, which is also spoken in some radio programmes, but this effort remains very limited.

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • Although this is home to Walloon, that is by no means the only language spoken there;

    Interesting Thing of the Day

  • But we don't speak now of "Walloon" as a distinctive language, and "Flemish" has shared the same fate.

    How Flemish Is It?

  • Having diversified their production, Walloon companies rank among the world leaders in their respective fields.

    The Truth About Modern Wallonia

  • Although he is up on the latest gadgets and methods, he often invokes his Walloon grandmother.

    A chef's Bon-Bon voyage

  • "I have been a favorite before," said Evans, the road race world champion who also won the Walloon Arrow cycling classic last month.

    Cadel Evans favorite to win Giro d'Italia

  • "Mrs. Morel was an extreme example of someone who was very popular, very well-known at least, in the Flemish side of the country, but totally unknown — really totally unknown — in the Walloon region, and even for journalists she was totally unknown," Mr. Leterme said, adding that he doesn't think she was an extremist.

    Belgium's Leterme Pushes Back Against Germany

  • From the start of the story, Simenon emphasizes the contrast between Roger's father's French-speaking Walloon family and his mother's Flemish relations.

    The Mastery of Georges Simenon

  • Roger's parents, the houses the family inhabited in the working-class district of Outremeuse, the schools Roger attends, the aunts and uncles and cousins of his extended Flemish-Walloon family, the Russian and Jewish lodgers his mother takes in, are all just like those in Simenon's life.

    The Mastery of Georges Simenon

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