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 (ō-rän′, ô-räN′)
A city of northwest Algeria on the Gulf of Oran, an inlet of the Mediterranean Sea west-southwest of Algiers. Built on a site occupied since prehistoric times, Oran was captured by the Spanish in 1509 and by the Turks in 1708. It was occupied by the French from 1831 until 1962 except for a brief period during World War II when it was under Allied control.


(əˈræn; əˈrɑːn; French ɔrɑ̃)
(Placename) a port in NW Algeria: the second largest city in the country; scene of the destruction by the British of most of the French fleet in the harbour in 1940 to prevent its capture by the Germans. Pop: 744 000 (2005 est)


(ɔˈræn, oʊˈræn, ɔˈrɑn)

a seaport in NW Algeria. 916,578.
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Noun1.Oran - a port city in northwestern Algeria and the country's 2nd largest city
Algeria, Algerie, Democratic and Popular Republic of Algeria - a republic in northwestern Africa on the Mediterranean Sea with a population that is predominantly Sunni Muslim; colonized by France in the 19th century but gained autonomy in the early 1960s
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Before fifteen days were over our renegade had already purchased an excellent vessel with room for more than thirty persons; and to make the transaction safe and lend a colour to it, he thought it well to make, as he did, a voyage to a place called Shershel, twenty leagues from Algiers on the Oran side, where there is an extensive trade in dried figs.
Owing, however, to the Tramontana rising a little, and the sea growing somewhat rough, it was impossible for us to keep a straight course for Majorca, and we were compelled to coast in the direction of Oran, not without great uneasiness on our part lest we should be observed from the town of Shershel, which lies on that coast, not more than sixty miles from Algiers.
This was done, but now a stiff breeze began to blow, which obliged us to leave off rowing and make sail at once and steer for Oran, as it was impossible to make any other course.
And so it came that on the following day Tarzan left Paris en route for Marseilles and Oran.
In consequence I embarked for Oran, and went from thence to Constantine, where I arrived just in time to witness the raising of the siege.
Few would deny that Margaret Mead's Coming of Age in Samoa (1928) is a flawed volume, and from his careful review of both Mead's book and her Samoan fieldwork materials, Martin Orans concludes 'she did not present sufficient or adequately representative data to support her generalizations.