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A city of north-central France on the Loire River south-southwest of Paris. Founded by Celts and conquered by Julius Caesar in 52 bc, the city was the center of a Frankish kingdom in the sixth century and a residence of the Capetian kings in the tenth century. The English siege of Orléans (1428-1429) was lifted by troops led by Joan of Arc, the "Maid of Orléans."


a fabric formerly woven at Orléans


(ɔːˈlɪənz; French ɔrleɑ̃)
(Placename) a city in N central France, on the River Loire: famous for its deliverance by Joan of Arc from the long English siege in 1429; university (1305); an important rail and road junction. Pop: 116 256 (2006)


(French ɔrleɑ̃)
1. (Biography) Charles (ʃarl), Duc d'Orléans. 1394–1465, French poet; noted for the poems written during his imprisonment in England; father of Louis XII
2. (Biography) Louis Philippe Joseph (lwi filip ʒozɛf), Duc d'Orléans, known as Philippe Égalité (after 1792). 1747–93, French nobleman, who supported the French Revolution and voted for the death of his cousin, Louis XVI, but was executed after his son, the future king Louis-Philippe, defected to the Austrians


(ˈɔr li ənz; Fr. ɔr leɪˈɑ̃)

a city in central France, SSW of Paris. 105,589.
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Noun1.Orleans - a city on the Loire river in north central France; site of the siege of Orleans by the English (1428-1429)
France, French Republic - a republic in western Europe; the largest country wholly in Europe
2.Orleans - a long siege of Orleans by the English was relieved by Joan of Arc in 1429
France, French Republic - a republic in western Europe; the largest country wholly in Europe
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Florian Thauvin Pronunciation: flo-ree-ON toe-VAN Age: 22 Place of birth: Orleans, France Position: Attacking midfielder Former club: Marseille Fee: PS12m Welcome: Salut Florian
Jean-Marc Chery was born in Orleans, France, in 1960, and graduated with a degree in Engineering from the ENSAM engineering school in Paris, France.
ORLEANS, France (AFP) - Five Michael Jackson fans won symbolic damages of one euro each Tuesday as a French court agreed they had suffered "emotional damage" from the pop star's death.
LVMH has opened a research centre near Orleans, France, which will specialise in the production of face creams, make-up and perfume formulas for several brands of the luxury goods group, including Christian Dior, Guerlain, Givenchy and Fresh.
In the historic city of Orleans, France, located about an hour's drive from Paris, centuries-old buildings make for surprising discoveries.
Over the past 34 years Chef Philippe has made a mark on the gastronomic scene with his award-winning restaurants Le Lift and La Terasse du Parc in Orleans, France.
They split their time between California, New Orleans, France, Italy and countless movie sets around the world.
An exhibition to be built entirely by flying robots will be hosted by the FRAC Centre in Orleans, France.
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Until recently, Cargill had been supplying the bulk of McDonald's chicken requirements in Russia from its plant in Orleans, France.
Chicago, New Orleans, France and, most recently, Maine, where he's finishing up a novel and being a constant presence as "The Voice of God" announcer at the National Poetry Slam Finals.
In April 2007, a 39-year-old pregnant woman with amniotic sac rupture was admitted to a hospital in Orleans, France, at 28 weeks and 4 days of gestation.