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|Pronunciation||[kuhr do(n) sah nee tehr]|
|IPA||[kɔʁ dɔ̃ sa ni tɛʁ]|
Usage notes: Un cordon sanitaire refers to the line around a quarantine zone that prevents people from entering or leaving the area. It may be a literal barrier (fence, soldiers) or figurative (travel restrictions).
|On vient d’y établir un cordon sanitaire.||They’ve just established a quarantine line there.|
|Pensez-vous que le cordon sanitaire suffise ?||Do you think the quarantine line will suffice?|
- imposer la / une quarantaine – to create a quarantine zone
- mettre en quarantaine – to quarantine
- placer en quarantaine – to quarantine
- lever la quarantaine – to lift the quarantine
By extension, cordon sanitaire has two additional meanings:
1. An alliance of countries created to form a buffer to prevent an unwanted ideology (e.g., communism) from spreading to other countries. The first and most famous use of this meaning was in 1919.
2. The exclusion of a political party from a coalition government in a parliamentary country. The term was first used this way in Belgium in the late 1980s.
Source: For more in-depth analysis and instances of the different types of cordons sanitaires throughout history, see Wikipedia: Cordon sanitaire.
All three meanings of cordon sanitaire are used in English as well.
- Distanciation sociale
- Doctor’s office
- Emergencies and disasters
- Infectious diseases
- Pass sanitaire
- Travel French
- Attestation de déplacement dérogatoire
- « Nous sommes en guerre » (Adresse aux Français)
- La vie sous le confinement
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