Definitions for ypresFr. ˈi prə
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Y•presFr. ˈi prə(n.)
a town in W Belgium: battles 1914–18. 34,758.
Category: Geography (places)
Ref: Flemish, Ieper.
Ypres, battle of Ypres, third battle of Ypres(noun)
battle in World War I (1917); an Allied offensive which eventually failed because tanks bogged down in the waterlogged soil of Flanders; Germans introduced mustard gas which interfered with the Allied artillery
Ypres, battle of Ypres, second battle of Ypres(noun)
battle in World War I (1915); Germans wanted to try chlorine (a toxic yellow gas) as a weapon and succeeded in taking considerable territory from the Allied salient
Ypres, battle of Ypres, first battle of Ypres(noun)
battle in World War I (1914); heavy but indecisive fighting as the Allies and the Germans both tried to break through the lines of the others
A city in Flanders, Belgium; or, the municipality containing this city.
Origin: From the Ypres.
Ypres is a Belgian municipality located in the Flemish province of West Flanders. Though Ieper is the Dutch and only official name, the French Ypres is most commonly used in English for its role in World War I, when Belgian maps still named Flemish cities only by their French names. The municipality comprises the city of Ypres and the villages of Boezinge, Brielen, Dikkebus, Elverdinge, Hollebeke, Sint-Jan, Vlamertinge, Voormezele, Zillebeke, and Zuidschote. Together, they count some 34,900 inhabitants. During World War I, Ypres was the centre of intense and sustained battles between the German and the Allied forces. During the war, because it was hard to pronounce in English, British troops nicknamed the city "Wipers".
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
an old Belgian town in West Flanders, 30 m. SW. of Bruges; was at one time a great weaving centre, and famous for its diaper linen; has much fallen off, though it retains a town-hall and a cathedral, both of Gothic architecture in evidence of what it once was; it was strongly fortified once, and has been subjected to many sieges; the manufacture of thread and lace is now the most important industry.
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