poubelle

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the surname Poubelle, after Eugène Poubelle, prefect of the Seine (i.e. chief administrator of Paris), who promulgated an ordinance in 1884 that all apartments should have trash cans.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /pu.bɛl/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

poubelle f (plural poubelles)

  1. rubbish
  2. rubbish bin, garbage can

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