Definition of faubourg in English:

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Pronunciation: /fōˈbo͝or/ /-bərɡ/


(Usually in place names) a suburb, especially one in Paris: the Faubourg Saint-Germain
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  • Explore the many faubourgs (suburbs/neighborhoods) on foot, or take a leisurely stroll by the Mississippi.
  • 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’.


French (earlier faux-bourg 'false borough'), perhaps an alteration of forsborc, literally 'outside the town', but perhaps based on Middle High German phâlburgere 'burgers of the pale', i.e., people living outside the city wall but still inside the palisade.

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Syllabification: fau·bourg

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