arrondissement

arrondissement

[uh-ron-dis-muhnt, ar-uhn-dees-; French a-rawn-dees-mahn]
noun, plural arrondissements [uh-ron-dis-muhnts; French a-rawn-dees-mahn] .
1.
the largest administrative division of a French department, comprising a number of cantons.
2.
an administrative district of certain large cities in France.

Origin:
1800–10; < French, equivalent to arrondiss- (variant stem of arrondir to round out; see a-5, round) + -ment -ment

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arrondissement (French arɔ̃dismɑ̃)
 
n
1.  the largest administrative subdivision of a department
2.  a municipal district of certain cities, esp Paris
 
[C19: from arrondir to make round, from ab-1 + -rondir from rondround]

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arrondissement
1807, "administrative subdivision of a Fr. department," from Fr., lit. "a rounding," from stem of arrondir "to make round," from a- "to" + rond "round" (see round (adj.)).
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