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Pronunciation: / defɑ̃s /

Translation of défense in English:

nom féminin

  • 1 (interdiction) See examples: ‘défense de pêcher/nager/fumer’
    ‘no fishing/swimming/smoking’
    ‘défense d'entrer’ ‘défense de toucher’
    ‘(please) do not touch’
    défense d'en parler devant lui
    don't mention it in front of him
    ils sont sortis malgré la défense qui leur en avait été faite
    they went out although they had been forbidden to do so
  • 9la Défense
    (commercial and residential district in Paris)


défense passive

Cultural Note: La Défense

The area immediately to the north-west of Paris, developed as a modern business and residential area from the 1960s to the 1980s. Its biggest attraction is the Grande arche de la Défense, an enormous archway erected in 1989 to mark the bicentenary of the Revolution. It is also an architectural throwback to the Arc de Triomphe which, together with the Obélisque in the Place de la Concorde, can be seen from the vantage point of the steps leading up to the Grande arche itself.

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