cordon sanitaire

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French cordon sanitaire.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌkɔːdɒn sanɪˈtɛː/

Noun[edit]

cordon sanitaire (plural cordons sanitaires)

  1. (public health) 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.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French cordon sanitaire.

Noun[edit]

cordon sanitaire n (uncountable)

  1. (Belgium, politics, figuratively) An agreement from the late 1980s to arguably current times amongst Belgian political parties to not rule with the party Vlaams Belang (then Vlaams Blok); the idea was Jos Gheysels' of Agalev, while the term was applied by journalist Hugo Gijsels.

Noun[edit]

cordon sanitaire n (plural cordon sanitaires, diminutive cordon sanitairtje n)

  1. cordon sanitaire

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kɔʁdɔ̃sanitɛʁ/

Noun[edit]

cordon sanitaire m (plural cordons sanitaires)

  1. cordon sanitaire