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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A broad city street, often tree-lined and landscaped.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Originally, a bulwark or rampart of a fortification or fortified town; hence, a public walk or street occupying the site of demolished fortifications.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Originally, a bulwark or rampart of fortification or fortified town.
  • noun A public walk or street occupying the site of demolished fortifications. Hence: A broad avenue in or around a city.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A broad, well-paved and landscaped thoroughfare.
  • noun The landscaping on the sides of a boulevard or other thoroughfare.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a wide street or thoroughfare

Etymologies

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

[French, from Old French bollevart, rampart converted to a promenade, from Middle Dutch bolwerc, bulwark; see bulwark.]

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From French boulevard, from Middle French boulevard, from Old French bollevart ("promenade, avenue, rampart"), from Middle Dutch bollewerc, bolwerc ("bulwark, bastion") from Middle Dutch bole, bolle ("bole, plank") + werk ("work, construction"). More at bole, work, bulwark.

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