[ foh-boo r, -boo rg; French foh-boor ]
/ ˈfoʊ bʊər, -bʊərg; French foʊˈbur /

noun, plural fau·bourgs [foh-boo rz, -boo rgz; French foh-boor] /ˈfoʊ bʊərz, -bʊərgz; French foʊˈbur/.

a suburb or a quarter just outside a French city.

Nearby words

  1. fatuity,
  2. fatuous,
  3. fatuously,
  4. fatwa,
  5. fatwood,
  6. faucal,
  7. faucaria,
  8. fauces,
  9. faucet,
  10. fauchard

Origin of faubourg

1425–75; late Middle English faubourgh < Middle French fau(x)bourg, alteration, by association with faux false, of Old French forsborc, equivalent to fors- outside of (< Latin forīs outside; cf. foreign) + borc city ≪ Germanic (see borough)

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for faubourg

British Dictionary definitions for faubourg


/ (ˈfəʊbʊəɡ, French fobur) /


a suburb or quarter, esp of a French city

Word Origin for faubourg

C15: from French fauxbourg, perhaps a modification through folk etymology of Old French forsborc, from Latin foris outside + Old French borc burg

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for faubourg



"suburb," late 15c., from Middle French faux bourg, said by French authorities to be from Old French forsbourc (12c.) "suburbs, outskirts," literally "that which is outside the town," from fors "outside" (from Latin foris) + bourc "town," of Frankish origin (cognate with English borough), altered in Middle French by folk-etymology to faux bourg "false town" (suburbs were seen as inauthentic).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper