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or Alexander. Son of Priam, and cause of the siege of Troy. He was hospitably entertained by Menelaʹos, King of Sparta; and eloped with Helen, his host’s wife. This brought about the siege. Post Homeric tradition says that Paris slew Achilles, and was himself slain either by Pyrrhos or Philocteʹtēs. (Homer: Iliad.)

Paris. Kinsman to the Prince of Veroʹna, the unsuccessful suitor of Juliet. (Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet.)

Paris. Rabelais says that Gargantua played on the Parisians who came to stare at him a practical joke, and the men said it was a sport “par ris” (to be laughed at); wherefore the city was called Par-ʹis. It was called before Leucoʹtia, from the “white skin of the ladies.” (Greek, leukŏtes, whiteness.) (Gargantua and Pantagruel, bk. i. 17.)

Paris, called by the Romans “Luteʹtia Parisioʹrum” (the mud-city of the Parisii) The Parisii were the Gallic tribe which dwelt in the “Ile du Palais” when the Romans invaded Gaul. (See Isis.)

Mons. de Paris. The public executioner of Paris.

The “Galleria Vittorio Emanuele” of Milan is so called on account of its brilliant shops, its numerous cafés, and its general gay appearance.

Brussels, the capital of Belgium, situate on the Senne, is also calledLittle Paris.”

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Parc aux Cerfs [deer parks]
Parcæ
Parchment
Pardon Bell
Pardouneres Tale
Pari Passu
Parian Chronicle
Parian Verse
Parias or Pariahs
Paridel
Paris
Paris-Garden
Parish Registers
Parisian
Parisian Wedding (The)
Parisienne (La)
Parisina
Parizade
Parkership
Parks
Parlance

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