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banlieue Line breaks: ban|lieue
Pronunciation: /bɒnˈluː/

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Definition of banlieue in English:


A suburb of a French city, especially Paris: the youth culture of French banlieues is rooted in poverty
More example sentences
  • 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 large numbers of youngsters in the banlieue make it an attractive area for industries of all types targeting these potential customers.


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

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