Gaul



[gawl] /gɔl/

noun
1.
an ancient region in W Europe, including the modern areas of N Italy, France, Belgium, and the S Netherlands: consisted of two main divisions, one part S of the Alps (Cisalpine Gaul) and another part N of the Alps (Transalpine Gaul)
2.
Latin Gallia. a province of the ancient Roman Empire, including the territory corresponding to modern France, Belgium, the S Netherlands, Switzerland, N Italy, and Germany W of the Rhine.
3.
an inhabitant of the ancient region of Gaul.
4.
a native or inhabitant of France.
/ɡɔːl/
noun
1.
an ancient region of W Europe corresponding to N Italy, France, Belgium, part of Germany, and the S Netherlands: divided into Cisalpine Gaul, which became a Roman province before 100 bc, and Transalpine Gaul, which was conquered by Julius Caesar (58–51 bc) Latin name Gallia
2.
a native of ancient Gaul
3.
a Frenchman
n.

1560s, from French Gaule, from Latin Gallia, from Gallus “a Gaul.” Also used somewhat facetiously for “a Frenchman.” Gauloise, popular brand of French cigarettes, dates to 1910.

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