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lieu

lieu

noun \ˈlü\

Definition of LIEU

archaic
:  place, stead
in lieu
:  instead
in lieu of
:  in the place of :  instead of

Examples of LIEU

  1. I have decided that in lieu of a going-away shower, those who wish to go in on a nice gift for her can see me after church. —Garrison Keillor, Leaving Home, 1989

Origin of LIEU

Middle English liue, from Anglo-French liu, lieu, from Latin locus — more at stall
First Known Use: 14th century

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