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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 ad-) + rond “round” (see round (adj.)).


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