[uh-ron-dis-muh nt, ar-uh n-dees-; French a-rawn-dees-mahn]
- the largest administrative division of a French department, comprising a number of cantons.
- an administrative district of certain large cities in France.
Origin of arrondissement
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- the largest administrative subdivision of a department
- a municipal district of certain cities, esp Paris
C19: from arrondir to make round, from ab- 1 + -rondir from rond round
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Word Origin and History for arrondissement
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