boulevard

[bool-uh-vahrd, boo-luh-]
noun
1.
a broad avenue in a city, usually having areas at the sides or center for trees, grass, or flowers.
2.
Also called boulevard strip. Upper Midwest. a strip of lawn between a sidewalk and the curb.

Origin:
1765–75; < French, Middle French (orig. Picard, Walloon): rampart, avenue built on the site of a razed rampart < Middle Dutch bol(le)werc; see bulwark


See street.
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boulevard (ˈbuːlvɑː, -vɑːd)
 
n
1.  a.  a wide usually tree-lined road in a city, often used as a promenade
 b.  (capital as part of a street name): Sunset Boulevard
2.  chiefly (Canadian)
 a.  a grass strip between the pavement and road
 b.  the strip of ground between the edge of a private property and the road
 c.  the centre strip of a road dividing traffic travelling in different directions
 
[C18: from French, from Middle Dutch bolwercbulwark; so called because originally often built on the ruins of an old rampart]

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boulevard
1769, from Fr. boulevard (15c.), originally "top surface of a military rampart," from a garbled attempt to adopt M.Du. bolwerc "wall of a fortification" (see bulwark) into French, which lacks a -w-. The original notion is of a promenade laid out atop demolished city walls,
which would be much wider than urban streets. Originally in English with conscious echoes of Paris; since 1929, in U.S., used of multi-lane limited-access urban highways. Early French attempts to digest the Dutch word also include boloart, boulever, boloirque, bollvercq.
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Example sentences
The original ring was a tree-lined boulevard that traced the path of the city's ancient outer wall.
Cruise ships dock here regularly, spilling hundreds of tourists onto the main waterfront boulevard.
The pic shows that the boulevard around the corner is a pretty barren wasteland, tree-wise.
Sunset boulevard is considered to be the first to employ such extreme cynicism.
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