- enPR: lēl
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /liːl/
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- (General American) IPA(key): /lil/
- Homophone: leal
- Rhymes: -iːl
- The department capital of Nord department, France; regional capital of Hauts-de-France.
- A town and municipality of the province of Antwerp, Belgium.
From Old French l'Isle (“the Island”), from Latin Īnsula, from īnsula (“island”), whence also île. The name was resegmented (like its Dutch counterpart Rijsel): in à l'Isle (“at the Isle”), the definite article came to be considered part of the name, and it was thus interpreted as à Lille.