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1. (Placename) a department of E France, in Rhône-Alpes region. Capital: Chambéry. Pop: 386 246 (2003 est). Area: 6188 sq km (2413 sq miles)
2. (Placename) the French name for Savoy1
1. a member of the royal house of Italy that ruled from 1861 to 1946.
2. French, Savoie. a historic region in SE France, adjacent to the Swiss-Italian border: formerly a duchy; later a part of the kingdom of Sardinia; ceded to France, 1860.