- a suburb of a city
Examples from the Web for banlieue
The banlieue setting is rough and rife with violence and drug trafficking.
She must leave the banlieue, just as she insists to the school counselor, that she must go to high school.
Hot on the heels of the November 2005 banlieue riots, tensions remained high.A Horror Story of True-Life Anti-Semitism in France
April 28, 2014
Inexhaustible as is the banlieue of Paris you are always glad to get back.Paris Vistas
Helen Davenport Gibbons
Gavroche looked and saw that this came from the men of the banlieue.Les Misrables
La gare de Londres no more great than a station of banlieue, near to Paris.
Ninety-one bombs were dropped that night within the old fortifications; more than two hundred were showered on the banlieue.The Book of Susan
Lee Wilson Dodd
Next day the outraged Chapter excommunicated the town and banlieue.The Story of Chartres
Word Origin and History for banlieue
French, "suburbs, precincts," from Vulgar Latin *banleuca, from ban (see ban (n.1)) + leuca "a league (of distance)," in Medieval Latin, "indefinite extent of territory" (see league (n.2)). So, "the extent of a ban; the territory within which a ban is of force," hence, "territory subject to one jurisdiction."