Va·​lois ˈval-ˌwä How to pronounce Valois (audio)
: of or relating to the French royal house that ruled from 1328 to 1589

Word History


after Philip, Count of Valois (1293-1350), who became Philip VI, king of France, in 1328 as next male successor to the Capetian kings

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Valois was in 1883

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“Valois.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Va·​lois ˈval-ˌwä How to pronounce Valois (audio)
medieval county and duchy of northern France in northeastern Île-de-France; capital Crépy-en-Valois

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