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

Examples of arrondissement in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wander through the side streets surrounding the Quatre Septembre metro station, in the heart of Paris’s 2nd arrondissement, and a few surprises await. Liam Hess, Vogue, 13 Feb. 2024 At new arrivals like La Fantaisie, dominating the corner of the ninth arrondissement’s Rue Cadet, neutral raffia walls are contrasted against an explosion of prints, fabrics, and Palm Springs–reminiscent furniture. Lane Nieset, Travel + Leisure, 7 Feb. 2024 Located in the 7th arrondissement, the luxury hotel instantly immerses guests in the history of its storied past. Keaton Bell, Vogue, 10 Jan. 2024 Café de Flore remains another stalwart of the sixth arrondissement for locals and tourists alike. Layla Khoury-Hanold, Condé Nast Traveler, 16 Nov. 2023 Still, with what is sure to be heavy security and packed roads, trains, and bike lanes, navigating the arrondissements next summer will take some serious finesse. Lindsey Tramuta, Travel + Leisure, 17 Dec. 2023 A matter of hours later, my partner greeted her in Brooklyn with my keys, while her mother handed me hers outside an apartment in the 17th arrondissement. Selah Hampton, Condé Nast Traveler, 5 Oct. 2023 Still, since its 2020 premiere, the show has bred an array of tour offerings in the city that show off routine filming locations like Emily’s apartment in the 5th arrondissement or Café de Flore, one of the oldest cafes in Paris (and one of Emily’s many haunts). Sofia Andrade, Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2023 To finish the day, book a table in the bustling 11th arrondissement at Le Bistrot Paul Bert, which serves elevated comfort food — think steak frites, seafood, and epic desserts — that’s earned a devout fan base. Sophie Dodd, Travel + Leisure, 4 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1746, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of arrondissement was in 1746

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“Arrondissement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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