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Pirmasens(pĭrmäzĕns`), city (1994 pop. 48,619), Rhineland-Palatinate, SW Germany, near the French border. It is a leading German shoe and boot manufacturing center. Other products of the city include chemicals, plastics, and machines. Founded in the 8th cent., Pirmasens belonged to the counts of Hanau-Lichtenberg until 1736. It later passed to Hesse-Darmstadt and in 1816 to Bavaria. The city was heavily damaged in World War II.
a city in the Federal Republic of Germany, in the state of Rhineland-Pfalz. Population, 55,000 (1971). A major center of the footwear industry, Pirmasens is the site of international footwear fairs. Industries include printing, electrical-engineering products, and chemical materials.