Meaning of banlieue in English:



  • 1A suburb of a French city, especially Paris.

    ‘Outside the window of my train stands the voiceless France of the banlieue.’
    • ‘A majority of sports teams in French banlieues are organized and directed by associations or by branches of associations focused on the banlieue.’
    • ‘The large numbers of youngsters in the banlieue make it an attractive area for industries of all types targeting these potential customers.’
    • ‘The impact of sports in the banlieue is noticeable.’
    • ‘This focus on "urban tendencies" is geared primarily toward the banlieue instead of the downtown part of the French cities.’
    • ‘"The youth of Guadeloupe is the youth of the banlieue," he said.’
    • ‘This first album of French rap sold well and served as an introduction to many French youngsters outside the banlieue.’
    • ‘In addition to soccer, two of the most popular sports among French youth in the banlieue are basketball and Thai boxing.’
    • ‘During the riots in the French banlieues last year, some voices called for a Sixth Republic.’
    • ‘Over beers in the city's banlieues, the young street dancers explained that the smooth marble flooring of the peristyle surrounding the opera house was perfect for breakdancing.’
    outlying district, residential area, dormitory area, dormitory town, commuter belt, conurbation
    1. 1.1An outlying housing development in a French city.
      • ‘the youth culture of the banlieues is rooted in poverty’



/bɒnˈluː/ /bɒnˈljuː/


French, from ban ‘jurisdiction’ + lieue ‘league’ a banlieue was originally an area of one league (an old measure of distance amounting to about three miles) in every direction outside a town or city's walls, which was under the jurisdiction of that town or city.