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In medieval Latin it meant "not of the city proper"; in French it means "suburb"; what word is it?




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Answer: faubourg

The word faubourg derives from the medieval Latin falsus burgus, not of the city proper. The word was coined to describe the suburbs of Paris.

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Question: What two words have the same interpretation but denote opposite parts of a town?

Answer: suburb and downtown

(orig. Latin sub urbem, below the town, which was built on a hill) and downtown (the lowest part of the town, which was built on the banks of a river).
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