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1. The chief administrative subdivision of a department in France.
2. A municipal subdivision in some large French cities.

[French, from Old French, rounded projection on a wall, from arrondir, arrondiss-, to round out : a, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + rondir, to make round (from rond, round; see round1).]
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(French arɔ̃dismɑ̃)
(in France) n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the largest administrative subdivision of a department
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a municipal district of certain cities, esp Paris
[C19: from arrondir to make round, from ab-1 + -rondir from rond round]
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(əˈrɒn dɪs mənt, ˌær ənˈdis-; Fr. a rɔ̃ disˈmɑ̃)

n., pl. -ments (-mənts; Fr. -ˈmɑ̃)
1. the largest administrative division of a French department, comprising a number of cantons.
2. an administrative district of certain large cities in France.
[1800–10; < French, =arrondiss-, variant s. of arrondir to round out (see a-5, round1) + -ment -ment]
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There was a touch of the magistrate in the man, a good deal more of the Councillor of the Prefecture, all the self-importance of the mayor of the arrondissement, the local autocrat, and the soured temper of the unsuccessful candidate who has never been returned since the year 1816.
He proved that an arrondissement could be managed by ten men; a prefecture by a dozen at the most; which reduced the entire civil service force throughout France to five thousand men, exclusive of the departments of war and justice.
But now Parisians, who have always been known to display an element of disdain toward&nbsp;the flocks of tourists that halt foot traffic in the alleys and squares surrounding the city's top sites, are blaming the house-for-rent website Airbnb for expanding its number of units throughout the city's 20 arrondissements and forcing local Parisians to move for monetary reasons.
The material comes from 16 districts in lie de France (Colombes, Bois-Colombes, Clichy, La GarenneColombes, Levallois-Perret, Courbevoie, Nanterre, Puteaux, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Se vres, Suresnes, Boulogne, Saint-Cloud, Vaucresson, Marnes-la-Coquette and Garches) and three arrondissements (wards or zones) in Paris.
But James's few pictures of the grander parts of town (e.g., L'Opera, Rue Auber, [9.sup.eme] feel emptiest of all, deprived as they are of even the uneasy dreams that seem to haunt the sleepy mornings of the drabber arrondissements.
Haussmann station lies between the 8th and 9th arrondissements, at the centre of an important business and shopping district.
Meanwhile, in the outer ring of arrondissements, massive urban renewal programs -- ZACs -- were being carried out.
De nouveaux cahiers de charges seront ainsi etablis pour assurer ce service de proximite dans les seize arrondissements communaux qui composent le conseil de la ville de Casablanca.