Proper Noun

  • 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 Normandi─í, from Old French Normendie, from normant + -ie. Compare Old Norse Nor├░manndi. 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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