ar·​ron·​disse·​ment | \ ə-ˈrän-də-smənt How to pronounce arrondissement (audio) , ˌa-ˌrōⁿ-(ˌ)dē-ˈsmäⁿ How to pronounce arrondissement (audio) \

Definition of arrondissement

1 : an administrative district of some large French cities
2 : the largest division of a French department

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Stepping out yesterday in the eighth arrondissement for a trip to the Dior headquarters, Lawrence tucked her blonde lengths under a distinctly Parisienne olive-hued beret. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Jennifer Lawrence Gets a French Girl Makeover for Paris Fashion Week," 26 Feb. 2019 The city is relatively small—its 20 arrondissements add up to around half the size of Brooklyn. Shefali Anand, WSJ, "With Grand Paris Express, Paris Hopes to Expand Its Borders—And Metropolitan Might," 2 July 2018 Photo: Ed Alcock / M.Y.O.P. for The Wall Street Journal Ms. Damas grew up in Paris’s 11th arrondissement, and her father, the chef and restaurateur Philippe Damas, owned the famed Le Square Trousseau restaurant. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "Jeanne Damas Offers French Chic for the Instagram Age," 7 Sep. 2018 The Tata Harper Treatment Room, a chic, green-and-gold room adorned with dreamy floral accents (including the wallpaper) opened in the fall of 2017 in the basement spa of the Le Bristol Paris Hotel, located in the eighth arrondissement of Paris. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, "Why I Flew All the Way to Paris for a Tata Harper Facial," 13 Sep. 2018 On Wednesday, Bird’s e-scooters will be available in Paris in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd arrondissements of the City of Lights. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "How Bird plans to spread its electric scooters all over the world," 1 Aug. 2018 It's now branched out to offer the same quality products to customers at a butchery, poissonnerie, bakery, and grocery, a retail quartet perched along rue du Nil in the 2nd arrondissement. Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Food Tours in Paris," 3 Mar. 2018 Among the pieces now protected is Surdeau's personal favorite: Napoleon in his swirling red cape, which occupies a busy corner of the 19th arrondissement, a neighborhood that is home to many immigrants. Linda Hervieux /, NBC News, "New Banksy street art appears across Paris, taking aim at refugee crisis," 27 June 2018 The Egyptian man was arrested a week ago in the French capital's 18th arrondissement, or district, according to a security official., "French Government Says Attack Foiled, Egyptian Man Arrested," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of arrondissement

1746, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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