One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(usually in place names) a suburb, especially one in Paris.‘the Faubourg Saint-Germain’
outlying districts, edges, fringes, suburbs, suburbiaView synonyms
- ‘In 1806 the deputy surveyor of Orleans parish, Barthelemy Lafon, who had come to New Orleans from France in 1790, began planning the new faubourg that is now called the Lower Garden District.’
- ‘A French journalist warned in 1831 that ‘the barbarians who threaten society are not in the Caucasus or the steppes of Tartary; they are in the faubourgs of our manufacturing towns’.’
- ‘Explore the many faubourgs (suburbs/neighborhoods) on foot, or take a leisurely stroll by the Mississippi.’
- ‘Foreshadowing the events of the coming French Revolution, Sébastien wrote, ‘The people in this faubourg are meaner, more volatile, more quarrelsome and more ready to mutiny than in any of the other quarters [of Paris].’’
French (earlier faux-bourg ‘false borough’), perhaps an alteration of forsborc, literally ‘outside the town’, but perhaps based on Middle High German phâlburgere ‘burghers of the pale’, i.e. people living outside the city wall but still inside the palisade.
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