from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A suburb, especially a part of a French-speaking city or a city with a French heritage, such as New Orleans: as, the Faubourg Marigny or Faubourg Treme.


  • New Orleans is built in a semicircle along the shore, one set of streets following the curve of the river, and the other running up from the river and crossing the former at angles. It consists of the city proper and immense beautiful faubourgs or suburbs all regularly laid out fairly well drained.

    The National Encyclopedia

  • But the man plunged into the deserted little streets of the faubourg, and as twilight was beginning to fall, the agent lost trace of him, as is stated in a report addressed that same evening to M. le Comte d’Angles, Minister of State, Prefect of Police.

    Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo

  • It is nothing like as filthy as a large city usually is, on the outskirts, and its island faubourg, between the Saône and the Rhône, is the ideal of a well-organized and planned centre of affairs.

    The Automobilist Abroad, by M. F. Mansfield


This word comes from the Old French ‘faubourg,’ an alteration of ‘forsborc,’ outside town.