geographical name \tü-ˈrān, -ˈren\

Definition of TOURAINE

region & former province NW cen France Tours


   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Historical region, northwestern central France. It encompassed the former province of Touraine; its capital was at Tours. In Roman times it was inhabited by the Gallic Turones. In the 5th century AD it was incorporated in the Visigothic kingdom, and it passed to the Franks in 507. Contested by various powers over the succeeding centuries, it came under French influence in the early 13th century. It began to decline c. 1700, and the province was abolished in 1789 during the French Revolution. The region, which includes the Loire River valley, known for its magnificent chateaus, is sometimes called the Garden of France.


Next Word in the Dictionary: Tourane
Previous Word in the Dictionary: Toulouse

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up Touraine? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).