Etymology
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boulevard (n.)

1769, "broad street or promenade planted with rows of trees," from French boulevard, originally "top surface of a military rampart" (15c.), from a garbled attempt to adopt Middle Dutch bolwerc "wall of a fortification" (see bulwark) into French, which at that time lacked a -w- in its alphabet.

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; in U.S., since 1929, used of multi-lane limited-access urban highways. Early French attempts to digest the Dutch word also include boloart, boulever, boloirque, bollvercq.

updated on July 19, 2017

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Definitions of boulevard from WordNet

boulevard (n.)
a wide street or thoroughfare;
Synonyms: avenue
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.