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 (kär′kə-sôn′, -sōn′, -kä-)
A city of southern France southeast of Toulouse. Its medieval stronghold is a major tourist attraction.
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(French karkasɔn)
(Placename) a city in SW France: extensive remains of medieval fortifications. Pop: 48 212 (2006)
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(kar kaˈsɔn)

a city in S France: medieval fortifications. 44,623.
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At the spoiling of Carcasonne I have seen chambers stored with writing, though not one man in our Company could read them.
Among the six new destinations being introduced at Manchester are Bratislava, Limoges and Carcasonne, which have previously featured as routes from Liverpool.
GIANTS Head of Youth Development Andy Kelly, plus young players Liam Johnson and Matty English, are out in France on international duty with the England Academy in Carcasonne on Saturday.
At Crusaders he will team up again with his former AS Carcasonne colleague Stuart Reardon, who was instrumental in convincing him to sign for the North Wales club.
My long time friends at Mont Tauch near Carcasonne make a fabulous Vin Doux Natural, Muscat de Rivesaltes.
Cabards, just outside Carcasonne has a tradition of making wine from a bewildering cocktail of Atlantic and Mediterranean varieties.
Ryanair will increase frequencies in June-August from DUB to Malaga, Faro, Girona, Alicante, Carcasonne, Nantes and Almeira.
According to reports from Toulouse, a city of over 350,000 in south central France, and Carcasonne, a smaller town farther east, French courts have convicted a dozen people, from wine growers to a wine merchant, in a joint venture that exported bogus Pinot Noir from this region to the United States.
The ramparts of Carcasonne, the mystery of Rennes-leChateau, the surrealism of Dali's Theatre Museum, combined with a visit to modernist Barcelona, and stays in unspoilt locations on the Catalan coast and in a pleasant spa town in the hills of Roussillon - this is a holiday to one of the most scenic parts of the Mediterranean.
After several days snaking along the tree-lined canal stopping at picturepostcard little towns and sampling the local cuisine, we came to the considerably larger town of Carcasonne, where they soon locked on to the prospect of sampling some proper teenagers' food.