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[foh-boo r, -boo rg; French foh-boor]
noun, plural fau·bourgs [foh-boo rz, -boo rgz; French foh-boor] /ˈfoʊ bʊərz, -bʊərgz; French foʊˈbur/.
  1. a suburb or a quarter just outside a French city.
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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)
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  • She led her husband by the noise, said the people of the Faubourg of Plassans.

  • The deafening noises of the faubourg sounded like bells in their ears.


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  • So they returned by the Boulevards and the Faubourg du Poissonniers.


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  • In a tavern of the Faubourg he made the acquaintance of a basket-maker who worked at home.

  • But the houses soon grew fewer, and they reached the end of the Faubourg.

British Dictionary definitions for faubourg


  1. a suburb or quarter, esp of a French city
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Word Origin

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

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