variants: or less commonly banlieu \ bäⁿlyœ \
plural banlieues also banlieux\ " \

Definition of banlieue

: 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 Beerbohmfrom 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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History and Etymology for 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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“Banlieue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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