noun \ˈb-lə-ˌvärd, ˈbü- also ˈbə-\

: a wide and usually important street that often has trees, grass, or flowers planted down its center or along its sides

Full Definition of BOULEVARD

:  a broad often landscaped thoroughfare

Examples of BOULEVARD

  1. <the city is celebrated for its broad, tree-lined boulevards>


French, modification of Middle Dutch bolwerc bulwark
First Known Use: 1768

Other Transportation Terms

camber, corduroy, demurrage, milestone


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Broad landscaped avenue that typically permits several lanes of vehicular traffic as well as pedestrian walkways. The earliest boulevards originally followed the city walls (the word originally meant “bulwark”) and were built in the ancient Middle East, especially at Antioch. In Paris, straight and geometrically precise boulevards were incorporated into design principles taught at the École des Beaux-Arts, and they form a prominent feature of the city. Similar boulevards are found in other cities such as Washington, D.C. Formal curving boulevards are a feature of such cities as Vienna and Prague.


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