Par·is 2 (părĭs)
The capital and largest city of France, in the north-central part of the country. Founded as a Gallic fishing village on an island in the Seine River, Paris was captured and fortified by the Romans in 52 BC. Clovis I made it the capital of his kingdom after AD 486, and Hugh Capet established it as the capital of France after 987. Through the succeeding centuries, Paris grew rapidly as a commercial, cultural, and industrial center. The city was occupied by the Germans in World War II from 1940 to 1944.
Pa·risian (pə-rēzhən, -rĭzē-ən) adj. & n.
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