[ uh-ron-dis-muhnt, ar-uhn-dees-; French a-rawn-dees-mahn ]
/ əˈrɒn dɪs mənt, ˌær ənˈdis-; French a rɔ̃ disˈmɑ̃ /
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noun, plural ar·ron·disse·ments [uh-ron-dis-muhnts; French a-rawn-dees-mahn]. /əˈrɒn dɪs mənts; French a rɔ̃ disˈmɑ̃/.

the largest administrative division of a French department, comprising a number of cantons.
an administrative district of certain large cities in France.



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Origin of arrondissement

1800–10; <French, equivalent to arrondiss- (variant stem of arrondir to round out; see a-5, round1) + -ment-ment
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British Dictionary definitions for arrondissement

/ (French arɔ̃dismɑ̃) /

noun (in France)

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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