arrondissement[ȧ rōn dēs män′]
noun pl. arrondissements
- the largest administrative subdivision of a department
- a municipal subdivision, as of Paris
Origin: Fr < arrondir, to make round
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- The chief administrative subdivision of a department in France.
- A municipal subdivision in some large French cities.
Origin: French, from Old French, rounded projection on a wall, from arrondir, arrondiss-, to round out : a, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + rondir, to make round (from rond, round; see round1).