Definition of arrondissement in English:



  • 1A subdivision of a French department, for local government administration.

    ‘The UDPM spread its structure to cercles and arrondissements (administrative subdivisions) across the land.’
    • ‘The administration of the governmental system is organized through the levels of nation, region, department, arrondissement, canton, and commune.’
    • ‘These regions are further subdivided into arrondissements, then into communes or townships.’
    • ‘Local governmental organization is based on seven departements, or provinces, headed by prefects (similar to governors), thirty-two arrondissements, and one hundred fifty communes.’
    • ‘The latter, however, had far greater authority and fewer rivals to contend with, for though elected councils were retained at departmental, arrondissement and municipal level, they met infrequently.’
    • ‘Elections were indirect, and membership of electoral colleges at arrondissement level required a minimum of 150 francs a year income from property or real estate.’
    1. 1.1An administrative district of certain large French cities, in particular Paris.
      ‘The fire in the Hotel Paris-Opera, on April 15, in the luxury-shopping district of the ‘grands magasins’ department stores in the IX arrondissement, still exacts its toll of human misery.’
      • ‘From these projects, the excellence of the French public transport system ensures that the most fashionable arrondissements are within easy reach of the most inveterate thief and vandal.’
      • ‘The eviction of some 50 artists from the Grange-aux-Belles squat in the 10th arrondissement took place despite support from the French Ministry of Culture and the local council.’
      • ‘But eventually, as the full moon rose over the eastern arrondissements, it was time to head back to the Gare du Nord for my return journey.’
      • ‘I am staying right now in the 9th arrondissement, by pure chance across from the apartment building where the composer Georges Bizet was born (26, rue d' la Tour d' Auvergne).’
      • ‘The best baguettes in Paris come from ovens in Le Boulanger de Monge, Dominque Saibron's remarkable establishment at 123 rue Monge in the 5th arrondissement.’
      • ‘Mustering my meagre knowledge of the 8th arrondissement, I remember a museum on the Boulevard Haussman that had a rather good café-restaurant attached.’
      • ‘When I met Tantine, she was living very modestly in a fashionable arrondissement, because a good address is more important than a nice apartment.’
      • ‘Each arrondissement has its own mayor; ours in the Thirteenth is Serge Blisko.’
      • ‘This anonymous, seedy stretch of the 10th arrondissement does not yet feature on the tourist track.’
      • ‘We wandered through the busy streets of the 18th arrondissement, taking in the sights and sounds.’
      • ‘The group has just bought the Hotel de la Tremoille, in the eight arrondissement.’
      • ‘Le Printemps (literally ‘the spring’) is one of the big department stores of Paris, located in the 9th arrondissement on boulevard Haussmann.’
      • ‘The most sought-after and expensive arrondissements are the 7th, 8th, 15th, 16th and 17th.’
      • ‘If you like, I can recommend a salon in the third arrondissement…’
      • ‘Last Saturday, my sister Céline and I went to visit our dear grandmother, whom we call Mamy (although my sister insists on spelling it Mamie), who lives not far from us, in the 17th arrondissement.’
      • ‘This morning, Maxence and I went for a stroll towards Barbès and Chateau-Rouge, part of the 18th arrondissement, just a few blocks from where we live.’
      • ‘Located in the fourteenth arrondissement, an unassuming but typical residential area in the south of Paris, the apartments occupy a T-shaped site.’
      • ‘This is a guide to Paris restaurants, to which I contributed this year with reviews of the food scene in the 4th arrondissement.’
      borough, town, city, district, administrative division



/əˈrändismənt/ /äˈräNdēsˌmäN/ /əˈrɑndəsmənt/


French, from arrondir ‘make round’.