1 the capital of France, in the north on the River Seine: constitutes a department; dates from the 3rd century b.c., becoming capital of France in 987; centre of the French Revolution; centres around its original site on an island in the Seine, the Île de la Cité, containing Notre Dame; university (1150). Pop.: 2130900 (1995), (Ancient name)
a a treaty of 1783 between the U.S., Britain, France, and Spain, ending the War of American Independence
b a treaty of 1763 signed by Britain, France, and Spain that ended their involvement in the Seven Years' War
c a treaty of 1898 between Spain and the U.S. bringing to an end the Spanish-American War
(via French and Old French, from Late Latin (Lutetia) Parisiorum (marshes) of the Parisii, a tribe of Celtic Gaul)
Parisian n, adj
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