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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BOULEVARD

We had left the Boulevard, and were approaching the white-domed library.

After dinner, about six o'clock, I went on to the boulevard.

He owned an extensive silk warehouse on the Boulevard des Capucines.

It was the best room of the hotel, the first floor room, looking on to the Boulevard.

She was also jealous because she didn't reek of musk like that boulevard work-horse.

They seemed to be placed along the whole length of the Boulevard.

I will take this Boulevard, I will cross this Square, so as to arrive there quicker.

Why, I didn't know there was a vacant lot on the Boulevard, Mr. Williams.

Then he, too, turned and walked cautiously up the Boulevard.

There were no vacations in the simple pension on the Boulevard de Clichy.

WORD ORIGIN

1769, from French boulevard (15c.), originally "top surface of a military rampart," from a garbled attempt to adopt Middle Dutch bolwerc "wall of a fortification" (see bulwark) into French, which lacks a -w-. The notion is of a promenade laid out atop demolished city walls, a way which would be much wider than urban streets. Originally in English with conscious echoes of Paris; since 1929, in U.S., used of multi-lane limited-access urban highways. Early French attempts to digest the Dutch word also include boloart, boulever, boloirque, bollvercq.

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