banlieue

noun ban·lieue
variants: or less commonly banlieu \bäⁿlyœ\

Definition of banlieue

plural banlieues also banlieux \"\
:the outlying residential area of a city :environs often used in plural
  • trainload after trainload of young men and women from the banlieue was disgorged into the capital
  • —Max Beerbohm
  • from the location of all these puppet theaters in the banlieues of town it is evident that they were the resorts … of common people
  • —Paul McPharlin

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Origin and Etymology of banlieue

French banlieue, from Old French, from ban summoning of the king's vassals, tribute, ban + lieue league, from Late Latin leuca


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