fau·​bourg | \ fō-ˈbu̇r How to pronounce faubourg (audio) \

Definition of faubourg

1 : suburb especially : a suburb of a French city
2 : a city quarter

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The 1895 map also revealed something curious: The rear precincts of one downtown faubourg had, for the first time, dipped slightly below sea level. Richard Campanella, The Atlantic, "How Humans Sank New Orleans," 6 Feb. 2018 This avenue marked the lower limit of the Marigny Plantation and of the original faubourg, despite that current perception places the neighborhood’s lower border at Press Street. Richard Campanella, NOLA.com, "Krewe du Vieux 2018: Take a virtual tour of the route with King Richard Campanella," 23 Jan. 2018 That same year, residents of Jefferson Parish's lowermost faubourgs incorporated themselves as Lafayette, which enabled them to govern their own affairs. Richard Campanella, NOLA.com, "How New Orleans took Uptown from Jefferson Parish," 11 July 2017 This same plantation-to-faubourg process would occur all around New Orleans for decades to come. Richard Campanella, NOLA.com, "How New Orleans took the Garden District from Jefferson Parish," 12 June 2017

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First Known Use of faubourg

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for faubourg

Middle English fabour, from Middle French fauxbourg, alteration of forsbourg, from Old French forsborc, from fors outside + borc town — more at bourg

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