Definition of banlieue in English:


Line breaks: ban|lieue
Pronunciation: /bɒnˈluː
, bɒnˈljuː


A suburb of a French city, especially Paris: the youth culture of French banlieues is rooted in poverty
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • In addition to soccer, two of the most popular sports among French youth in the banlieue are basketball and Thai boxing.


mid 19th century: French, from ban 'jurisdiction' + lieue 'league'.

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