Definition of France in US English:


proper noun

  • A country in western Europe, on the Atlantic Ocean; population 64,400,000 (estimated 2015); capital, Paris; official language, French.

France became a major power under the Valois and Bourbon dynasties in the 16th–18th centuries and briefly dominated Europe under Napoleon after the overthrow of the monarchy in the French Revolution 1789. Defeated in the Franco-Prussian War 1870–71, the country also suffered much destruction and loss of life in World War I, and during World War II was occupied by the Germans. France was a founding member of the EEC (now the EU) in 1957