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Arles \Arles\, n. pl. [Cf. F. arrhes, Scot. airles. Cf. Earles penny.] An earnest; earnest money; money paid to bind a bargain.

Arles penny, earnest money given to servants.


Arles (; Provençal in both classical and Mistralian norms; Arelate in ancient Latin) is a city and commune in the south of France, in the Bouches-du-Rhône department, of which it is a subprefecture, in the former province of Provence.

A large part of the Camargue is located on the territory of the commune, making it the largest commune in Metropolitan France in terms of territory (though Maripasoula, French Guiana, is much larger). The city has a long history, and was of considerable importance in the Roman province of Gallia Narbonensis. The Roman and Romanesque Monuments of Arles were listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1981. The Dutch post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh lived in Arles from 1888 to 1889 and produced over 300 paintings and drawings during his time there. An international photography festival has been held in the city since 1970.

Usage examples of "arles".

There were two approaches to the heart of Arles from the Place Lamartine.

The country around Arles is the most torn, desperately lashed section in Provence.

Vincent could not get anything to eat, for nearly everyone in Arles ate at home.

He knew that there were houses in Arles, but they were mostly five-franc places patronized by the Zouaves, negroes brought to Arles to be trained for the French army.

The autumn garden was a two hour walk from Arles, on the road to Tarascon.

Felix Rey, young interne of the hospital of Arles, was a short, thickset man with an octagonal head and a weed of black hair shooting up from the top of the octagon.

They felt the slow, painful growth of the artist, the fumbling toward maturity of expression, the upheaval that had taken place in Paris, the passionate outburst of his powerful voice in Arles, which caught up all the strands of his years of labour.

He was amused to find, when he finished, that the portrait resembled the one he had done of himself in Arles, before Gauguin arrived.

He had known that, in Arles, the very first time, but he had been unable to make the clean break.

There are only two hotels worthy of the name in Arles, and the coincidence of meeting again was of the very slightest.

Elaine had no intentions whatever of following the man who had left Arles with such boorish brusqueness, without even the conventional good-bye at the breakfast-table.

You dallied for a day or two at Arles, getting this woman to write a lying letter to your wife saying that you were down with fever.

I was wandering about the dark, narrow lanes of Arles when a half-drunken peasant tried to attack me.

Raoul-technology skin, and they reached respectfully to stroke the gleaming egg-shaped Memory that Arles held in his hand.

He paid Mary for the beer as Bob Arles made small talk, then Arles followed him out.