Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The outskirts of a city, especially in France, inhabited chiefly by poor people living in tenement-style housing

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The territory without the walls, but within the legal limits, of a town or city.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The territory without the walls, but within the legal limits, of a town or city. Sometimes erroneously spelled banlieu, as if from French lieu, a place.

Etymologies

From French banlieue (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Where’s your evidence? the tenth arrondissement, like the banlieue, is a particularly immigrant heavy part of the city,

    Matthew Yglesias » More on Charles Murray

  • Also, the tenth arrondissement, like the banlieue, is a particularly immigrant heavy part of the city, so the point that he’s cherry-picking would still stand, even if that is what he’s referring to.

    Matthew Yglesias » More on Charles Murray

  • But the term banlieue simply reflect the idea of smaller towns concentrated around a main city.

    Matthew Yglesias » More on Charles Murray

  • The principal and most conspicuous urban problem is the so-called banishment of low-income and vulnerable populations from traditional residential areas to far-removed neighborhoods, sometimes to large complexes on the outskirts of major cities -- such as the French "banlieue," made infamous by the disturbances in recent years.

    Rabah Ghezali: Prioritizing People or Space?

  • That's not to say that my head is "in the sand," but living in central Paris, there has been no sign of the angered destruction taking place in the "banlieue" suburbs or in other parts of France -- until last night, when a car was burned in the Marais.

    Paris is Burning... or is it?

  • Where’s your evidence? the term banlieue simply reflect the idea of smaller towns concentrated around a main city.

    Matthew Yglesias » More on Charles Murray

  • A country with a large press section that blamed the recent World Cup performance on the bad attitude of the players whose origins are in the poor 'banlieue' or suburb areas, in a veiled attack at the players of immigrant origin

    TEAMtalk Football News

  • For some, the contrast reveals a failure in the government's approach to minorities in the troubled outskirts of its cities, the "banlieue".

    My Sinchew -

  • "We need to plant some beauty where there it is now mostly ugliness," said Roland Castro whose team has tackled head-on the "banlieue" that exploded into rioting in November 2005 and have been marred in sporadic violence since.

    Space News From SpaceDaily.Com

  • Shot by French photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre, children of Paris's banlieue the US equivalent of "the projects", The Ruins of Detroit tells the city's story through starkly stunning photos of abandoned ballrooms, dilapidated public libraries, vacant schools, decaying houses and devastated churches.

    Ronda Carman: Out With the Old?

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