[ad_1] noun, plural ar·ron·disse·ments [uh–ron-dis-muh nts; French a–rawn-dees-mahn] /əˈrɒn dɪs mənts; French a rɔ̃ disˈmɑ̃/.
- the largest administrative division of a French department, comprising a number of cantons.
- an administrative district of certain large cities in France.
noun (in France)
- the largest administrative subdivision of a department
- a municipal district of certain cities, esp Paris
1807, “administrative subdivision of a French department,” from French, literally “a rounding,” from stem of arrondir “to make round,” from a- “to” (see ) + rond “round” (see (adj.)).