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arrondissement

[uh-ron-dis-muh nt, ar-uh n-dees-; French a-rawn-dees-mahn] /əˈrɒn dɪs mənt, ˌær ənˈdis-; French a rɔ̃ disˈmɑ̃/
noun, plural arrondissements
[uh-ron-dis-muh nts; French a-rawn-dees-mahn] /əˈrɒn dɪs mənts; French a rɔ̃ disˈmɑ̃/ (Show IPA)
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
1800-1810
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/
noun (in France)
1.
the largest administrative subdivision of a department
2.
a municipal district of certain cities, esp Paris
Word Origin
C19: from arrondir to make round, from ab-1 + -rondir from rondround
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Word Origin and History for arrondissement
n.

1807, "administrative subdivision of a French department," from French, literally "a rounding," from stem of arrondir "to make round," from a- "to" (see ad-) + rond "round" (see round (adj.)).

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