Calais


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Ca·lais

 (kă-lā′, kăl′ā)
A city of northern France on the Strait of Dover opposite Dover, England. The city fell to the English in 1347 after a siege of 11 months and was retaken by the French in 1558.

Calais

(ˈkæleɪ; French kalɛ)
n
(Placename) a port in N France, on the Strait of Dover: the nearest French port to England; belonged to England 1347–1558. Pop: 75 790 (2006)

Cal•ais

(ˈkæl eɪ, kæˈleɪ, ˈkæl ɪs)

n.
a seaport in N France, on the Strait of Dover: the French port nearest England. 76,935.
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Noun1.Calais - a town in northern France on the Strait of Dover that serves as a ferry port to EnglandCalais - a town in northern France on the Strait of Dover that serves as a ferry port to England; in 1347 it was captured by the English king Edward III after a long siege and remained in English hands until it was recaptured by the French king Henry II in 1558
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Gayer sallies, more merry mirth, better jokes, and brighter repartees, you never heard over your mahogany, than you will hear over the half-inch white cedar of the whale-boat, when thus hung in hangman's nooses; and, like the six burghers of Calais before King Edward, the six men composing the crew pull into the jaws of death, with a halter around every neck, as you may say.
There will be a packet to Calais, tomorrow, drawer?
One said she lived in the South Foreland Light, and had singed her whiskers by doing so; another, that she was made fast to the great buoy outside the harbour, and could only be visited at half-tide; a third, that she was locked up in Maidstone jail for child-stealing; a fourth, that she was seen to mount a broom in the last high wind, and make direct for Calais.
On leaving the convent he entered into the magistracy, became president on the place of his uncle, embraced the cardinal's party, which did not prove want of sagacity, became chancellor, served his Eminence with zeal in his hatred against the queen- mother and his vengeance against Anne of Austria, stimulated the judges in the affair of Calais, encouraged the attempts of M.
Let us sail before the wind, and unless it changes we shall be drifted either to Calais or Boulogne.
Calais was the place of general rendezvous, and at Calais he had named to each of his recruits the hostelry of "Le Grand Monarque," where living was not extravagant, where sailors messed, and where men of the sword, with sheath of leather, be it understood, found lodging, table, food, and all the comforts of life, for thirty sous per diem.
I never," he declared with intensity, "was more nearly frozen than once, in April, in the train between Calais and Paris.
When they arrived at Calais and Philip saw the crowd of gesticulating porters his heart leaped.
The same night Old Sharon started for France, by way of Dover and Calais.
I am told that at Calais they made dints in the wall that a man might put his head into.
Men made songs and sang of his victories, of Crecy and of Calais, and France bowed the knee to England.
34) Zetes and Calais, sons of Boreas, who were amongst the Argonauts, delivered Phineus from the Harpies.