- a broad avenue in a city, usually having areas at the sides or center for trees, grass, or flowers.
- Also called boulevard strip. Upper Midwest. a strip of lawn between a sidewalk and the curb.
Origin of boulevard
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Examples from the Web for boulevard
The Boulevard Carnot, the seedy, downtrodden street that leads out of town, proved the point on my last night there.No Movie Stars, No Red Carpet, But Off-Season Cannes Is Still Magic
September 15, 2014
On a boulevard with stacked neon-lit signs blanketing the buildings, Veatch finds the gaming arcade frequented by the Kims.‘Love Child’ Game Over: Internet Addicts Let Their Baby Starve to Death
July 21, 2014
As our car sped along the Boulevard de la Madeleine, I was filled with hope and excitement.The Model Diaries: The Rush of Rejection in Paris
December 26, 2013
Then it was over and black limousines rushed under the cemetery trees and out onto the boulevard toward the White House.Jimmy Breslin on JFK’s Assassination: Two Classic Columns
November 22, 2013
I walk a lot around the city, I go down to the beach, I like the boulevard.Literary City: Etgar Keret’s Tel Aviv
September 6, 2013
We had left the Boulevard, and were approaching the white-domed library.The Bacillus of Beauty
After dinner, about six o'clock, I went on to the boulevard.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
He owned an extensive silk warehouse on the Boulevard des Capucines.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
It was the best room of the hotel, the first floor room, looking on to the Boulevard.
She was also jealous because she didn't reek of musk like that boulevard work-horse.
- a wide usually tree-lined road in a city, often used as a promenade
- (capital as part of a street name)Sunset Boulevard
- mainly Canadian
- a grass strip between the pavement and road
- the strip of ground between the edge of a private property and the road
- the centre strip of a road dividing traffic travelling in different directions
Word Origin and History for boulevard
1769, from French boulevard (15c.), originally "top surface of a military rampart," from a garbled attempt to adopt Middle Dutch bolwerc "wall of a fortification" (see bulwark) into French, which lacks a -w-. The notion is of a promenade laid out atop demolished city walls, a way which would be much wider than urban streets. Originally in English with conscious echoes of Paris; since 1929, in U.S., used of multi-lane limited-access urban highways. Early French attempts to digest the Dutch word also include boloart, boulever, boloirque, bollvercq.