bou·​le·​vard | \ ˈbu̇-lə-ˌvärd How to pronounce boulevard (audio) , ˈbü- also ˈbə-\

Definition of boulevard

: a broad often landscaped thoroughfare

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Examples of boulevard in a Sentence

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

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Beyond the old city, Beijing is a grid of mammoth gray boulevards, lined on both sides by austere, Communist-style blocks hastily built in the latter half of the 20th century. Noelle Mateer, Curbed, "Confronting change in Beijing’s historic hutong alleyways," 27 June 2019 Other Bay Area municipalities have opted for large boulevards, such as Mission Boulevard and El Camino Real, which hold businesses and don’t create divides. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Before Antioch can rebrand, it must improve quality of life," 15 June 2019 Even in Los Angeles, outrage over road diets has led to a recall effort against a local politician and a reversal undoing road diets on two boulevards, the L.A. Times reported. Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press, "Autos vs. bikes: Watch for shrinking roads in metro Detroit," 10 June 2019 There were heads bound with yellow duct tape along major boulevards, and bodies bagged in cobalt plastic or strewn with cardboard signs. Time, "A New Netflix Series Tells the Story of the Philippines' Drug War. But Its Critics Are Condemning Amo as Propaganda," 30 Apr. 2018 Those lines have shed nearly 30 million trips along major corridors, including Sunset and Wilshire boulevards, and Western and Vermont avenues. Laura J. Nelson,, "L.A. is hemorrhaging bus riders — worsening traffic and hurting climate goals," 27 June 2019 Half a century later his name now graces boulevards and byways in hundreds of communities across the globe. Wendi C. Thomas, National Geographic, "Where the Streets Have MLK's Name," 12 June 2019 More than 125 vehicles, kids test track, give-a-ways, classic car boulevard and more. $7 advance, $10 at the door, free for ages 14 and younger. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Things to do around Louisville this week: Auto show, B3 Bash, Kid Rock & more," 17 Jan. 2018 And along the boulevard, multiple opinions about changing its name. Bill Turque, kansascity, "In 10 miles, The Paseo shows poverty and progress. Is that what MLK should stand for? | The Kansas City Star," 12 May 2018

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First Known Use of boulevard

1763, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for boulevard

French, modification of Middle Dutch bolwerc bulwark

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English Language Learners Definition of boulevard

: a wide and usually important street that often has trees, grass, or flowers planted down its center or along its sides


bou·​le·​vard | \ ˈbu̇-lə-ˌvärd How to pronounce boulevard (audio) \

Kids Definition of boulevard

: a wide usually major street often having strips with trees, grass, or flowers planted along its center or sides

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