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[foh-boo r, -boo rg; French foh-boor] /ˈfoʊ bʊər, -bʊərg; French foʊˈbur/
noun, plural faubourgs
[foh-boo rz, -boo rgz; French foh-boor] /ˈfoʊ bʊərz, -bʊərgz; French foʊˈbur/ (Show IPA)
a suburb or a quarter just outside a French city.
Origin of faubourg
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English faubourgh < Middle French fau(x)bourg, alteration, by association with faux false, of Old French forsborc, equivalent to fors- outside of (< Latin forīs outside; cf. foreign) + borc city ≪ Germanic (see borough) Unabridged
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  • The deafening noises of the faubourg sounded like bells in their ears.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • So they returned by the Boulevards and the faubourg du Poissonniers.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • But the houses soon grew fewer, and they reached the end of the faubourg.

  • In a tavern of the faubourg he made the acquaintance of a basket-maker who worked at home.

  • She led her husband by the noise, said the people of the faubourg of Plassans.

  • Was this a sign of approaching death, as the women of the faubourg said?

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • I shame to speak it,—a fencing-master at an humble school of the faubourg.

  • Once the faubourg Saint-Germain was conquered, all the others would follow.

    The Nabob Alphonse Daudet
  • The inscription on the frieze, at the side of the faubourg, is the same repeated.

    Barn and the Pyrenees

    Louisa Stuart Costello
British Dictionary definitions for faubourg


/ˈfəʊbʊəɡ; French fobur/
a suburb or quarter, esp of a French city
Word Origin
C15: from French fauxbourg, perhaps a modification through folk etymology of Old French forsborc, from Latin foris outside + Old French borcburg
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Word Origin and History for faubourg

"suburb," late 15c., from Middle French faux bourg, said by French authorities to be from Old French forsbourc (12c.) "suburbs, outskirts," literally "that which is outside the town," from fors "outside" (from Latin foris) + bourc "town," of Frankish origin (cognate with English borough), altered in Middle French by folk-etymology to faux bourg "false town" (suburbs were seen as inauthentic).

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