a historic region in W France, on the Atlantic coast, earlier part of Aquitaine.
Historical Examples

Gentlemen, we are marine officers, and you are gendarmes of Aunis, apparently.
The Forty-Five Guardsmen Alexandre Dumas

Let me take one hundred of the gendarmes of Aunis; I have plenty of friends there, and can choose whom I like.
The Forty-Five Guardsmen Alexandre Dumas


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