[uh-ron-dis-muh nt, ar-uh n-dees-; French a-rawn-dees-mahn]

noun, plural ar·ron·disse·ments [uh-ron-dis-muh nts; 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.

Nearby words

  1. arrogance,
  2. arrogance of power,
  3. arrogant,
  4. arrogate,
  5. arrogation,
  6. arrow,
  7. arrow arum,
  8. arrow, kenneth joseph,
  9. arrowgrass,
  10. arrowhead

Origin of arrondissement

1800–10; < French, equivalent to arrondiss- (variant stem of arrondir to round out; see a-5, round1) + -ment -ment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for arrondissement


noun (in France)

the largest administrative subdivision of a department
a municipal district of certain cities, esp Paris

Word Origin for arrondissement

C19: from arrondir to make round, from ab- 1 + -rondir from rond round

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Word Origin and History for arrondissement



1807, "administrative subdivision of a French department," from French, literally "a rounding," from stem of arrondir "to make round," from a- "to" (see ad-) + rond "round" (see round (adj.)).

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