Definition of Pétain, Philippe in English:

Pétain, Philippe

proper noun

  • (1856–1951), French general and statesman; head of state 1940–44; full name Henri Philippe Omer Pétain. In 1940, he established the French government at Vichy (effectively a puppet regime for the Third Reich) until the German occupation in 1942. After the war, his death sentence for collaboration was commuted to life imprisonment.

Pronunciation

Pétain, Philippe

/peˈten/