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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In Khartoum, the evening of April 11, strangers broke the fast for Ramadan together in the city’s central boulevard. Tom Ball, The New Republic, "How to Stage a Successful Revolution," 1 July 2019 Thirty-three years after the Chernobyl nuclear reactor explosion, Pripyat's broad boulevards are crowded with overgrown trees. Dallas News, "Decades after nuclear disaster, tourism is booming at Chernobyl," 18 June 2019 The battle over extradition erupted into violent clashes Wednesday afternoon as police attempted to forcibly disperse demonstrators swarming the city’s legislature and barricading major boulevards. Time, "'If All of Us Come Out, We Can Win.' Hong Kong Protesters Call for Even Bigger March," 13 June 2019 The market has been open 3 to 7 p.m. on Fridays, with two blocks of street closures from 1 to 8 p.m. on the boulevard. San Diego Union-Tribune, "La Mesa considering ‘enhancement fund’ for village," 18 July 2019 Stroll, cycle, or skate the seaside Promenade des Anglais, then unwind at one of the casinos on the boulevard’s eastern end. Rachel Brown, National Geographic, "In France for the Women’s World Cup? Here’s what to do.," 12 June 2019 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

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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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