bi·​don·​ville ˌbē-ˌdōⁿ-ˈvēl How to pronounce bidonville (audio)
: a settlement of jerry-built dwellings on the outskirts of a city (as in France or North Africa)

Word History


French, from bidon metal can or drum + ville city

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bidonville was in 1942

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Cite this Entry

“Bidonville.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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