Bidonville Definition

bēdôɴ-vēl
noun
A shantytown on the outskirts of a city, especially in France or North Africa.
American Heritage
A shantytown on the outskirts of a city, characterized by squalor and extreme poverty, as in France and formerly Algeria or Tunisia.
Webster's New World
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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

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