Thursday, August 12, 2004
Definitions for flaneur
- One who strolls about aimlessly; a lounger; a loafer.
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Citations for flaneur
Burrows and Wallace show how New York embraced the idea of the flaneur -- of the disinterested, artistically inclined wanderer in the city, of what they call "city watching."
The restricted hotel lobby has replaced the square or piazza as a public meeting place, and our boulevards, such as they are, are not avenues for the parade and observation of personality, or for perusal by the flaneur, but conveyor belts to the stores, where we can buy everything but human understanding.
Origin of flaneur
Flaneur comes from French, from flâner, "to saunter; to stroll; to lounge about."