arrondissement

noun
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

Examples of arrondissement in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chateau Rouge, or Quartier African, a metro stop in the 18th arrondissement, has been known for the specificity of the products that are sold there from France, North Africa, China, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian subcontinent. Jessica Morgan, refinery29.com, "From Black Wall Street To Bristol: The Past, Present and Future of Black Communities Around The World," 23 Feb. 2021 Galerie Vivienne, just north of the Palais Royal, in the second arrondissement, is the most elegant of the lot. Christina Henry De Tessan, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Things to Do in Paris (And What Not to Do)," 24 Dec. 2020 Next year, all of Chanel’s 11 maisons d'art will settle into a new home in the 19th arrondissement. Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, "Back to the Future—Chanel’s Métiers d’Art Collection Will Reminisce on the Renaissance While Looking Ahead," 2 Dec. 2020 French news website Loopsider show the violent arrest of a music producer, Michel Zecler, in the 17th arrondissement or district of the French capital on Saturday. NBC News, "Paris police officers suspended over beating of Black man," 26 Nov. 2020 Last week, the 35-year-old French designer, the winner of this year’s €100,000 ANDAM Pierre Bergé Prize for a creative label, staged a presentation at Paris Habitat, a housing association in the 5th arrondissement. Tina Isaac-goizé, Vogue, "“It’s Not Just Made in France, It’s Made in Banlieue”—Mossi Traoré Is One to Watch in Paris," 14 Oct. 2020 They got married on a beautiful sunny day on the September 7th at City Hall in the 16th arrondissement, where Cyril’s parents were also married. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "This Bride Wore a Ralph Lauren Suit for Her Civil Ceremony in Paris," 27 Oct. 2020 According to Atlas of Wonders, Emily's apartment is located at 1 Place de l'Estrapade in the 5th arrondissement's Latin Quarter. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Where is Netflix's "Emily in Paris" Filmed?," 14 Oct. 2020 Francois Vauglin, the mayor of Paris's 11th arrondissement, ordered schools to go into lockdown for the remainder of the day. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Knife attack leaves two injured near former office of Charlie Hebdo in Paris," 25 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of arrondissement

1746, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for arrondissement

borrowed from French, "action of making round or rounding off, circumscription of boundaries, extension of a territory, subdivision of a French department," going back to Middle French, "rounding off," from arrondiss-, variant stem of arrondir "to make round, round off" (going back to Old French arondir, from a-, prefix forming transitive verbs — going back to Latin ad- ad- — + -rondir, verbal derivative of reund, rond round entry 1) + -ment -ment

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6 Mar 2021

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“Arrondissement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arrondissement. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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