region in SE France, on the borders of Italy & Switzerland: a former duchy & part of the kingdom of Sardinia: annexed by France (1860)
See savoy in American Heritage Dictionary 4
A ruling house of Sardinia (1720-1861) and Italy (1861-1946).
A historical region and former duchy of southeast France, western Switzerland, and northwest Italy. The region changed hands many times after its conquest by Julius Caesar and became a duchy in the early 15th century. In 1720 the duke of Savoy gained the title king of Sardinia, and in 1861 the Savoyard Victor Emmanuel II ascended the throne of the newly formed kingdom of Italy. Much of the original territory was ceded to France at the same time.
Sa·voyˈard(sə-voiˈärdˌ, sävˌoi-yärdˈ) adjective & n.