Definition of Occitan in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɒksɪt(ə)n/


[mass noun]
The medieval or modern language of Languedoc, including literary Provençal of the 12th-14th centuries.
Example sentences
  • In roughly the southern third of the country, the common people spoke dialects of Occitan, a Romance language distinct from French.
  • Several million people in Languedoc spoke variants of Occitan; Flemish was spoken in the north-east; German in Lorraine.
  • The Languedoc takes its name from a time when its inhabitants spoke Occitan, the language in which oc is the word for ‘yes’, hence langue d' oc.


Relating to Occitan.
Example sentences
  • The people are warm and welcoming with a deep awareness of the past and great pride in the richness of their Occitan culture.
  • Maybe this Occitan movement is militant, I think, like the Spanish ETA or the IRA, or perhaps the council orders a siesta at a certain time of day.
  • These chapters exemplify a recent shift in Occitan scholarship away from the analysis of individual songs.



noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • This involved in particular the Basques, the Bretons, the Galicians, the Catalans, the Occitanians, the Welsh and the Irish.
  • The sprawling 40 minute title track is based on an Occitanian folk tune.


French (see also langue d'oc).

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