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 Dior Spa Cheval Blanc, Paris The latest Dior Spa outpost is set to open in late spring in the Cheval Blanc hotel, located in the first arrondissement near the Pont Neuf. Kari Molvar, Vogue, "8 Spas to Seek Out in the New Year," 31 Dec. 2019 On tour in Europe with my indie rock band, we were put up at a chain hotel in the post-industrial suburb of Pantin after playing a small club in the neighboring 19th arrondissement. Luke Pyenson, Washington Post, "With tuna, eggs and potatoes, this Tunisian fricassee sandwich hits all the right notes," 23 Aug. 2019 The collapse of the Lagerfeld economy wasn’t catastrophic—Colette, one of his favorite boutiques, had already closed, in 2017—but his absence continues to be felt on shop floors around the city’s central arrondissements. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "The Lagerfeld Economy," 25 Nov. 2019 At least 37,000 of approximately 173,000 people living in the arrondissement, or district, are Jewish, according to the district’s mayor, Geoffroy Boulard. Cnaan Liphshiz,, "Paris Jewish community center opens as ‘resistance’ to anti-Semitism," 30 Oct. 2019 From the first to the twentieth arrondissement, arts, culture and melanin make up the city’s DNA. Essence, "The Cool Girl's Guide To Black Paris," 19 Sep. 2019 The arrondissements—the sections into which the City of Lights is divided—move out from the center in a widening spiral that resembles the shape of a galaxy. Jay Mcinerney, Vogue, "Why, Oh Why Do I Love Paris? Jay McInerney Counted the Ways in a 1986 Story for Vogue, Republished Here in Solidarity With the French Capital, Where Notre-Dame Burned," 16 Apr. 2019 The Paris prosecutor’s office said Tuesday that investigators carried out searches over the past week at Karin Models, an agency in the high-end 8th arrondissement of Paris, and at Epstein’s Paris home. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Police search Epstein’s Paris residence, modeling agency," 24 Sep. 2019 Gail BoisclairPerfectly ParisShe has nearly 20 years of experience renting gorgeous flats in Montmartre and its surrounding arrondissements. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of arrondissement

1746, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Arrondissement.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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