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A city of northern France on the Strait of Dover opposite Dover, England. The city fell to the English in 1347 after a siege of 11 months and was retaken by the French in 1558.
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Calais(ˈkæleɪ; French kalɛ)
(Placename) a port in N France, on the Strait of Dover: the nearest French port to England; belonged to England 1347–1558. Pop: 75 790 (2006)
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Cal•ais(ˈkæl eɪ, kæˈleɪ, ˈkæl ɪs)
a seaport in N France, on the Strait of Dover: the French port nearest England. 76,935.
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|Noun||1.||Calais - 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|
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