Wal·​loon wä-ˈlün How to pronounce Walloon (audio)
: a member of a people of southern and southeastern Belgium and adjacent parts of France
: a French dialect of the Walloons
Walloon adjective

Examples of Walloon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Consider a stay at Hotel Walloon, which takes its name from the nearby lake and was voted the best resort in the Midwest of 2023 by T+L readers. Katy Spratte Joyce, Travel + Leisure, 16 Apr. 2024 Born a Walloon, the French-speaking ethnic group in Belgium, Sante immigrated to New Jersey with her parents in the nineteen-sixties. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2024 But Walloon’s just opened in summer 2023 in Fort Worth’s Near Southside neighborhood. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 19 Sep. 2023 Chile currently has co-production treaties with Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Canada, France, Italy, the Walloon region of Belgium and Venezuela. Anna Marie De La Fuente, Variety, 19 July 2023 Hotel Walloon combines vintage elements that nod to the area's history with design and amenities designed to appeal to discerning travelers. Cassidy Grubisic, Travel + Leisure, 11 July 2023 The Walloon government in charge in the French-speaking region has announced a 2 billion-euro plan for the reconstruction. Samuel Petrequin, Star Tribune, 29 July 2021 Myriam Ullens, a pastry chef who married a billionaire Belgian aristocrat and turned his fortune into a globe-spanning source of philanthropy, was fatally shot on March 29 in Ohain, a village in the Walloon Brabant province of central Belgium. Alex Traub, New York Times, 10 Apr. 2023

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Word History


Middle French Wallon, adjective & noun, of Germanic origin; probably akin to Old High German Walah Celt, Roman, Old English Wealh Celt, Welshman — more at welsh

First Known Use

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Walloon was in 1567

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“Walloon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Walloon. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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