A shantytown on the outskirts of a city, especially in France or North Africa.
A shantytown on the outskirts of a city, characterized by squalor and extreme poverty, as in France and formerly Algeria or Tunisia.
Origin of bidonville
- French bidon gas can, oildrum (from Old French bottle, tankard) (probably of Scandinavian origin) ville town village
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition