region and former province of northwest France (country) on the English Channel. Its beaches were the site of Allied landings on D-Day (June 6, 1944). The modern region was created in 2016 with the merger of Upper Normandy and Lower Normandy.
From Middle English Normandie, Normandye, from Old English Normandiġ, from Old French Normendie, from normant + -ie. Compare Old Norse Norðmanndi. Normant refers to the Germanic words for 'north' and 'man', as the original Normans were of Scandinavian origin. More at Norman.
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