banlieue


noun

  1. a suburb of a city
n.

French, “suburbs, precincts,” from Vulgar Latin *banleuca, from ban (see ban (n.1)) + leuca “a league (of distance),” in Medieval Latin, “indefinite extent of territory” (see league (n.2)). So, “the extent of a ban; the territory within which a ban is of force,” hence, “territory subject to one jurisdiction.”

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