Pronunciation: (laf"ē-et', laf"ā-, lä"fē-, -fā-; Fr. la fa-yet'), [key]
Ma•rie Ma•de•leine Pioche de la Vergne Pronunciation: (ma-rē' madu-len' pyôsh du la ver'nyu), [key] Comtesse de, 1634–93, French novelist.
Pronunciation: (laf"ē-et', laf"ā-, lä"fē-, -fā-; for 1 also Fr. la-fa-yet'), [key]
1. Ma•rie Jo•seph Paul Yves Roch Gil•bert du Mo•tier Pronunciation: (ma-rē' zhô-zef' pôl ēv rôk zhēl-ber' dy mô-tyā'), [key] Marquis de. . Also,La Fayette.1757–1834, French soldier, statesman, and liberal leader, who served in the American Revolutionary Army and took a leading part in the French revolutions of 1789 and 1830.
2. a city in S Louisiana. 81,961.
3. a city in W Indiana, on the Wabash River. 43,001.
4. a town in W California. 20,879.
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