cordon sanitaire

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French cordon sanitaire.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌkɔːdɒn sanɪˈtɛː/

Noun[edit]

cordon sanitaire (plural cordons sanitaires)

  1. A barrier (physical or administrative) to prevent the spread of disease.
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 158:
      Bubonic plague had been in relative abeyance since the 1660s, and its explosion into Marseille and Provence in 1720 confirmed the ability of government, through quarantines and cordons sanitaires, to hem the disease in and prevent its diffusion across the country.
  2. (by extension) Any barrier to the spread of anything deemed undesirable.

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kɔʁdɔ̃sanitɛʁ/

Noun[edit]

cordon sanitaire m (plural cordons sanitaires)

  1. cordon sanitaire