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hôtel de ville

[oh-tel duh veel]
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noun, plural hô·tels de ville [oh-tel duh veel] /oʊˈtɛl də ˈvil/. French.
  1. a city hall.
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Origin of hôtel de ville

literally, mansion of the city
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  • But latterly they meet in the Hotel-de-Ville, in the Townhall itself.

    The French Revolution

    Thomas Carlyle

  • Raging multitudes surround the Hotel-de-Ville, crying: Arms!

    The French Revolution

    Thomas Carlyle

  • The parliament, the exchequer-chamber, and the Hotel-de-Ville demanded peace; and the shouts of Peace!

  • On reaching the Hotel-de-ville, he shouts out: "Let everybody here pass into the Consistory!"

  • The building of the Hotel-de-Ville, such as we now see it, swept away a whole section of the city.

    The Lesser Bourgeoisie

    Honore de Balzac