bidonville

noun
bi·​don·​ville | \ ˌbē-ˌdōⁿ-ˈvēl How to pronounce bidonville (audio) \

Definition of bidonville

: a settlement of jerry-built dwellings on the outskirts of a city (as in France or North Africa)

First Known Use of bidonville

1942, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bidonville

French, from bidon metal can or drum + ville city

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“Bidonville.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bidonville?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=b&file=bidonv01. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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