Definition of arrondissement in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈrändismənt/ /äˈräNdēsˌmäN/


1A subdivision of a department in France, for purposes of local government administration.
Example sentences
  • The UDPM spread its structure to cercles and arrondissements (administrative subdivisions) across the land.
  • The administration of the governmental system is organized through the levels of nation, region, department, arrondissement, canton, and commune.
  • These regions are further subdivided into arrondissements, then into communes or townships.
1.1An administrative district of certain large French cities, in particular Paris.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


French, from arrondir 'make round'.

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Syllabification: ar·ron·disse·ment

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