boulevard strip

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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