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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The chief administrative subdivision of a department in France.
  • n. A municipal subdivision in some large French cities.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An administrative division in some French- or Dutch-speaking countries
  • n. A borough, a submunicipal administrative division

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A subdivision of a department.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In France, the largest administrative division of a department.


French, from Old French, rounded projection on a wall, from arrondir, arrondiss-, to round out : a, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + rondir, to make round (from rond, round; see round1).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French arrondissement. (Wiktionary)



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