Definition of

Calais

  1. (noun, location) a town in northern France on the Strait of Dover that serves as a ferry port to England; in 1347 it was captured by the English king Edward III after a long siege and remained in English hands until it was recaptured by the French king Henry II in 1558

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Calais

  1. city on the Fr. coast of the English Channel, from Gaulish Caleti, the name of a Celtic people who once lived along the shore there. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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