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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Last year, for example, the City of Euclid experimented with a temporary re-design of Lake Shore Drive in the city’s downtown, intended to make the busy boulevard more friendly to pedestrians and bicyclists. Steven Litt,, "Ohio City’s Market Avenue street furniture removed as Cleveland rethinks park plan," 5 Aug. 2019 Santa Monica, Westwood and Pico boulevards served as the Main Streets of the residents of these homes, with small businesses of every stripe within walking distance of most. Scott Garner,, "Neighborhood Spotlight: West L.A. — underneath it all — is a hometown, American as Apple Pan," 18 May 2018 Successful Silicon Valley venture capital companies have turned Sand Hill Road, a Menlo Park boulevard lined with VC firms, into an icon of wealth, and sprinkled the region with palatial homes and gleaming Maseratis. Ethan Baron, The Mercury News, "Morals and money: Is conscience-driven investing Silicon Valley’s VC future?," 22 July 2019 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

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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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