marseilles [mahr-seylz] WORD ORIGIN noun a thick cotton fabric woven in figures or stripes with an embossed effect, chiefly for bedspreads and other coverings.
Origin of marseilles First recorded in 1755–65; afterMarseilles [mahr-sey] noun a seaport in and the capital of Bouches-du-Rhône department, in SE France. French Mar·seille [mar-se-yuh] /marˈsɛ yə/. Bouches-du-Rhône [boosh-dy-rohn] noun a department in SE France. 2026 sq. mi. (5245 sq. km). Capital: Marseilles. Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 British Dictionary definitions for marseilles Bouches-du-Rhône noun a department of S central France, in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. Capital: Marseille. Pop: 1 883 645 (2003 est). Area: 5284 sq km (2047 sq miles) Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for marseilles Marseilles
city in southern France, from French Marseille, ultimately from Greek Massilia, probably from a pre-Latin language of Italy, perhaps Ligurian mas “spring.”
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper marseilles in Culture Marseilles [(mahr-say)]
City in southeasternon the ; the second-largest city in France, after , and its main seaport.
Note “,” France’s national anthem, is so named because it was a martial song popular with soldiers from Marseilles, who sang it upon entering in 1792. The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.