bou·​le·​vard ˈbu̇-lə-ˌvärd How to pronounce boulevard (audio)
 also  ˈbə-
: a broad often landscaped thoroughfare

Examples of boulevard in a Sentence

the city is celebrated for its broad, tree-lined boulevards
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Word History


French, modification of Middle Dutch bolwerc bulwark

First Known Use

1763, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of boulevard was in 1763

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“Boulevard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


bou·​le·​vard ˈbu̇l-ə-ˌvärd How to pronounce boulevard (audio)
: a wide avenue often having grass strips with trees along its center or sides

from French boulevard "walkway lined with trees," derived from early Dutch bolwerc "bulwark, rampart"; so called because the earliest boulevards were at sites of razed fortifications — related to bulwark

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