boulevard

[ boo l-uh-vahrd, boo-luh- ]
/ ˈbʊl əˌvɑrd, ˈbu lə- /

noun

a broad avenue in a city, usually having areas at the sides or center for trees, grass, or flowers.
Also called boulevard strip. Upper Midwest. a strip of lawn between a sidewalk and the curb.

Nearby words

  1. boulder dam,
  2. bouldering,
  3. boule,
  4. boules,
  5. bouleuterion,
  6. boulevardier,
  7. bouleversement,
  8. boulework,
  9. boulez,
  10. boulez, pierre

Origin of boulevard

1765–75; < French, Middle French (orig. Picard, Walloon): rampart, avenue built on the site of a razed rampart < Middle Dutch bol(le)werc; see bulwark

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British Dictionary definitions for boulevard

boulevard

/ (ˈbuːlvɑː, -vɑːd) /

noun

  1. a wide usually tree-lined road in a city, often used as a promenade
  2. (capital as part of a street name)Sunset Boulevard
mainly Canadian
  1. a grass strip between the pavement and road
  2. the strip of ground between the edge of a private property and the road
  3. the centre strip of a road dividing traffic travelling in different directions

Word Origin for boulevard

C18: from French, from Middle Dutch bolwerc bulwark; so called because originally often built on the ruins of an old rampart

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Word Origin and History for boulevard

boulevard

n.

1769, from French boulevard (15c.), originally "top surface of a military rampart," from a garbled attempt to adopt Middle Dutch bolwerc "wall of a fortification" (see bulwark) into French, which lacks a -w-. The notion is of a promenade laid out atop demolished city walls, a way which would be much wider than urban streets. Originally in English with conscious echoes of Paris; since 1929, in U.S., used of multi-lane limited-access urban highways. Early French attempts to digest the Dutch word also include boloart, boulever, boloirque, bollvercq.

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