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1. A city of northwest France on an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean. Its large sheltered harbor was built in 1631 by Cardinal Richelieu as a naval base.
2. Formerly Brest-Li·tovsk (-lĭ-tôfsk′) A city of southwest Belarus on the Bug River near the Polish border. It was the site (1596) of a synod of Eastern Orthodox church leaders who broke with Constantinople and entered into communion with the Roman Catholic Church, thereby establishing the Eastern Catholic churches. The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, a separate peace treaty between Russia and the German coalition in World War I, was signed here on March 3, 1918.
1. (Placename) a port in NW France, in Brittany: chief naval station of the country, planned by Richelieu in 1631 and fortified by Vauban. Pop: 148 316 (2006)
2. (Placename) a city in SW Belarus: Polish until 1795 and from 1921 to 1945. Pop: 299 000 (2005 est). Former name (until 1921): Brest Litovsk Polish name: Brześć nad Bugiem
1. a seaport in the W extremity of France. 160,355.
2. Formerly, Brest Litovsk. a city in SW Belorussia, on the Bug River: formerly in Poland; German-Russian peace treaty 1918. 238,000.