faubourg

faubourg

[foh-boor, -boorg; French foh-boor]
noun, plural faubourgs [foh-boorz, -boorgz; French foh-boor] .
a suburb or a quarter just outside a French city.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English faubourgh < Middle French fau(x)bourg, alteration, by association with faux false, of Old French forsborc, equivalent to fors- outside of (< Latin forīs outside; cf. foreign) + borc city ≪ Germanic (see borough)

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faubourg (ˈfəʊbʊəɡ, French fobur)
 
n
a suburb or quarter, esp of a French city
 
[C15: from French fauxbourg, perhaps a modification through folk etymology of Old French forsborc, from Latin foris outside + Old French borcburg]

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faubourg
"suburb," 1470, from M.Fr. faux bourg, from O.Fr. forsbourc, lit. "that which is outside the town," from fors "outside" (from L. foris) + bourc "town," of Frank. origin (cognate with Eng. borough). Alt. in M.Fr. by folk-etymology to faux bourg "false town" (suburbs looked on as inauthentic).
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