Definition of banlieue in English:



  • 1A suburb of a French city, especially Paris.

    • ‘The large numbers of youngsters in the banlieue make it an attractive area for industries of all types targeting these potential customers.’
    • ‘In addition to soccer, two of the most popular sports among French youth in the banlieue are basketball and Thai boxing.’
    • ‘This first album of French rap sold well and served as an introduction to many French youngsters outside the banlieue.’
    • ‘The impact of sports in the banlieue is noticeable.’
    • ‘Outside the window of my train stands the voiceless France of the banlieue.’
    • ‘A majority of sports teams in French banlieues are organized and directed by associations or by branches of associations focused on the banlieue.’
    • ‘"The youth of Guadeloupe is the youth of the banlieue," he said.’
    • ‘This focus on "urban tendencies" is geared primarily toward the banlieue instead of the downtown part of the French cities.’
    • ‘Over beers in the city's banlieues, the young street dancers explained that the smooth marble flooring of the peristyle surrounding the opera house was perfect for breakdancing.’
    • ‘During the riots in the French banlieues last year, some voices called for a Sixth Republic.’
    outlying district, residential area, dormitory area, dormitory town, commuter belt, conurbation
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    1. 1.1 An outlying housing development in a French city.
      ‘the youth culture of the banlieues is rooted in poverty’


French, from ban ‘jurisdiction’ + lieue ‘league’: a banlieue was originally an area of one league (an old measure of distance amounting to about three miles) in every direction outside a town or city's walls, which was under the jurisdiction of that town or city.