Definitions for orleansˈɔr li ənz; Fr. ɔr leɪˈɑ̃
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Or•lé•ansˈɔr li ənz; Fr. ɔr leɪˈɑ̃(n.)
a city in central France, SSW of Paris. 105,589.
Category: Geography (places)
a city on the Loire river in north central France; site of the siege of Orleans by the English (1428-1429)
Orleans, siege of Orleans(noun)
a long siege of Orleans by the English was relieved by Joan of Arc in 1429
City in France.
Origin: Ultimately from Aurelianum, from the name of the Roman emperor Aurelian, who rebuilt the city.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
on the Loire, 75 m. by rail SW. of Paris, is the capital of the province of Loiret, a trading rather than an industrial town, commerce being fostered by excellent railway, canal, and river communications; the town is of ancient date, and its streets are full of quaint wooden houses; there is an old cathedral and museum; many historic associations include the raising of the siege in 1429 by Joan of Arc, whose house is still shown, and two captures by the Germans, 1870