Definition of arrondissement in English:


Pronunciation /aˈrɒndiːsmɑ̃//aʀɔ̃dismɑ̃//ˌarɒnˈdiːsmɑ̃/


  • 1A subdivision of a French department, for local government administration.

    • ‘These regions are further subdivided into arrondissements, then into communes or townships.’
    • ‘The UDPM spread its structure to cercles and arrondissements (administrative subdivisions) across the land.’
    • ‘Elections were indirect, and membership of electoral colleges at arrondissement level required a minimum of 150 francs a year income from property or real estate.’
    • ‘The administration of the governmental system is organized through the levels of nation, region, department, arrondissement, canton, and commune.’
    • ‘Local governmental organization is based on seven departements, or provinces, headed by prefects (similar to governors), thirty-two arrondissements, and one hundred fifty communes.’
    • ‘The latter, however, had far greater authority and fewer rivals to contend with, for though elected councils were retained at departmental, arrondissement and municipal level, they met infrequently.’
    1. 1.1 An administrative district of certain large French cities, in particular Paris.
      • ‘This is a guide to Paris restaurants, to which I contributed this year with reviews of the food scene in the 4th arrondissement.’
      • ‘This anonymous, seedy stretch of the 10th arrondissement does not yet feature on the tourist track.’
      • ‘The eviction of some 50 artists from the Grange-aux-Belles squat in the 10th arrondissement took place despite support from the French Ministry of Culture and the local council.’
      • ‘This morning, Maxence and I went for a stroll towards Barbès and Chateau-Rouge, a more ethnic part of the 18th arrondissement, just a few blocks from where we live.’
      • ‘If you like, I can recommend a salon in the third arrondissement…’
      • ‘Le Printemps (literally ‘the spring’) is one of the big department stores of Paris, located in the 9th arrondissement on boulevard Haussmann.’
      • ‘We wandered through the busy streets of the 18th arrondissement, taking in the sights and sounds.’
      • ‘Last Saturday, my sister Céline and I went to visit our dear grandmother, whom we call Mamy (although my sister insists on spelling it Mamie), who lives not far from us, in the 17th arrondissement.’
      • ‘I am staying right now in the 9th arrondissement, by pure chance across from the apartment building where the composer Georges Bizet was born (26, rue d' la Tour d' Auvergne).’
      • ‘The most sought-after and expensive arrondissements are the 7th, 8th, 15th, 16th and 17th.’
      • ‘When I met Tantine, she was living very modestly in a fashionable arrondissement, because a good address is more important than a nice apartment.’
      • ‘But eventually, as the full moon rose over the eastern arrondissements, it was time to head back to the Gare du Nord for my return journey.’
      • ‘Each arrondissement has its own mayor; ours in the Thirteenth is Serge Blisko.’
      • ‘Mustering my meagre knowledge of the 8th arrondissement, I remember a museum on the Boulevard Haussman that had a rather good café-restaurant attached.’
      • ‘Located in the fourteenth arrondissement, an unassuming but typical residential area in the south of Paris, the apartments occupy a T-shaped site.’
      • ‘The fire in the Hotel Paris-Opera, on April 15, in the luxury-shopping district of the ‘grands magasins’ department stores in the IX arrondissement, still exacts its toll of human misery.’
      • ‘The group has just bought the Hotel de la Tremoille, in the eight arrondissement.’
      • ‘The best baguettes in Paris come from ovens in Le Boulanger de Monge, Dominque Saibron's remarkable establishment at 123 rue Monge in the 5th arrondissement.’
      • ‘From these projects, the excellence of the French public transport system ensures that the most fashionable arrondissements are within easy reach of the most inveterate thief and vandal.’
      borough, town, city, district, administrative division
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French, from arrondir ‘make round’.