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fem. proper name, from French Blanche, from Old French blanc "white," of Germanic origin (see blank (adj.)). A fairly popular name for girls born in the U.S. from about 1880 to 1900.


n. 1 (given name female from=French). 2 (surname from=French dot=) of (etyl fr en) origin.

Blanche (Paris Métro)

Blanche is a station on Paris Métro Line 2, on the border of the 9th and the 18th arrondissement. The station is located under the Boulevard de Clichy in Montmartre.

The station was opened on 21 October 1902 as part of the extension of line 2 from Étoile to Anvers. The station was not ready for the opening of the line two weeks earlier, so trains passed without stopping. The station is named after the Place Blanche (French for "white place"), which derives its name from the gypsum that spilled in the 17th century from the wagons leaving the Montmartre quarries, where it was mined to produce plaster of Paris. The Place was named after the Barrière Blanche, a gate built for the collection of taxation as part of the Wall of the Farmers-General; the gate was built between 1784 and 1788 and demolished in the 19th century.

The station serves the Moulin Rouge.


Blanche means " white" in French, and is used as a given name and surname. It may refer to:

Blanche (band)

Blanche is an American alternative country band from Detroit, Michigan. Their music is based in Americana, early country, and folk blues, with a touch of haunting Southern Gothic stylings and garage rock mentality. Blanche is known for wearing vintage fashion of the early to mid-20th century.

The origins of Blanche can be traced back to the early '90s band Goober & the Peas. Led by Dan "Goober" Miller, the band was devoted to cowpunk, and dressed in honky-tonk attire. After the break-up of Goober & The Peas, three of the band's members—Dan Miller, Jack White, and Damian Lang—formed the garage rock band Two-Star Tabernacle with Miller's wife Tracee Mae Miller. The band split in 1999, after releasing one 7-inch vinyl with Andre Williams. White went on to form The White Stripes, Lang joined The Detroit Cobras, and Dan and Tracee Mae formed Blanche.

Since 2003, Blanche has performed at several international music festivals, including Lowlands, Pukkelpop and the CMJ Music Marathon. The band opened for and toured with The White Stripes, Loretta Lynn, Ditty Bops, The Flaming Lips, Wilco, Calexico, The Kills, and Brendan Benson, among others. Blanche has also appeared on several radio stations for live performances and interviews in the United States and Europe, including WFUV in New York and XFM in London.

Blanche (given name)

Blanche is a feminine given name. It means "white" in French, derived from the Late Latin word "blancus",

Blanche (surname)

Blanche is the surname of:

  • August Blanche (1811–1868), Swedish journalist, novelist and socialist politician
  • Bartolomé Blanche (1879-1970), Chilean brigadier general, briefly provisional president of Chile in 1932
  • Francis Blanche, French actor and humorist
  • Jacques-Émile Blanche (1861-1942), French artist
  • John Blanche, illustrator
  • Margot Blanche, pop singer
  • Roland Blanche, French actor

Usage examples of "blanche".

Mistress Champernowne and just behind her but well to the side so she could see the whole room was Blanche Parry, one hand raised to clasp the necklace of crosses that Denoriel knew lay under her chemise.

Run away quickly to Blanche Parry or if you cannot reach her to Dunstan or Ladbroke or your guardsmen.

I will see that Blanche has an air spirit who can fetch me in case of need.

Elizabeth, however, saw it clearly, and when Blanche unhooked one of the larger crosses from the necklace she wore, the child was able to point out where the imp was so that Blanche could beat at the bed curtain where it was trying to hide with the iron cross.

Elizabeth and Blanche walked to the garden with him but hardly tried to mask their conviction that he was only finding an excuse when he asked if they had been disturbed by any uncanny presence, while the air spirit was offended by the idea it had been lax in its attention.

Elizabeth, Blanche Parry managed to wrench off and throw one of her iron crosses at Pasgen.

The bench was no great distance and, although Blanche was nearly carrying Elizabeth for the first few steps, the child grew stronger and steadier and sat without support when they reached the seat.

Elizabeth and Blanche were discussing what to tell Mistress Champernowne.

But after a considerable hesitation Blanche warned her to think about it a little.

Thus she could not tell Blanche that the person who attacked her had much thinner and sharper ears and different-colored eyes.

Between Elizabeth and Blanche, they collapsed his Gate and cast him right out of the mortal world.

No, someone more powerful than Blanche must watch over her, especially for the next week or so.

She had not even allowed him to hand her the letter, but made him give it to Blanche, who carried it to her.

And she could not get comfort from Kat because she and Blanche had never told Mistress Champernowne about the attack on her.

Pale, with black rings under her eyes, Blanche rushed in a moment later with a long knife in hand.