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a suburb of a city
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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  • Inexhaustible as is the banlieue of Paris you are always glad to get back.

    Paris Vistas Helen Davenport Gibbons
  • Gavroche looked and saw that this came from the men of the banlieue.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
  • La gare de Londres no more great than a station of banlieue, near to Paris.

  • Ninety-one bombs were dropped that night within the old fortifications; more than two hundred were showered on the banlieue.

    The Book of Susan Lee Wilson Dodd
  • Next day the outraged Chapter excommunicated the town and banlieue.

    The Story of Chartres Cecil Headlam
  • This talent of divining, possessed in a high degree by the Parisians, has never passed the banlieue.

  • Paris, centre, banlieue, circumference; this constitutes all the earth to those children.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
Word Origin and History for banlieue

French, "suburbs, precincts," from Vulgar Latin *banleuca, from ban (see ban (n.1)) + leuca "a league (of distance)," in Medieval Latin, "indefinite extent of territory" (see league (n.2)). So, "the extent of a ban; the territory within which a ban is of force," hence, "territory subject to one jurisdiction."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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