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milieu

noun mi·lieu \mēl-ˈyə(r), -ˈyü, -ˈyœ; ˈmēl-ˌyü\

: the physical or social setting in which people live or in which something happens or develops

plural mi·lieus or mi·lieux \-ˈyə(r)(z), -ˈyüz, -ˈyœ(z); -ˌyü(z)\

Full Definition of MILIEU

:  the physical or social setting in which something occurs or develops :  environment

Examples of MILIEU

  1. <young, innovative artists thrive in the freewheeling milieu that a big city offers>
  2. Theirs was a bohemian milieu in which people often played romantic musical chairs. —Edmund White, New York Review of Books, 12 Feb. 2009

Origin of MILIEU

French, from Old French, midst, from mi middle (from Latin medius) + lieu place, from Latin locus — more at mid, stall
First Known Use: 1854

Synonym Discussion of MILIEU

background, setting, environment, milieu, mise-en-scène mean the place, time, and circumstances in which something occurs. background often refers to the circumstances or events that precede a phenomenon or development <the shocking decision was part of the background of the riots>. setting suggests looking at real-life situations in literary or dramatic terms <a militant reformer who was born into an unlikely social setting>. environment applies to all the external factors that have a formative influence on one's physical, mental, or moral development <the kind of environment that produces juvenile delinquents>. milieu applies especially to the physical and social surroundings of a person or group of persons <an intellectual milieu conducive to artistic experimentation>. mise-en-scène strongly suggests the use of properties to achieve a particular atmosphere or theatrical effect <a gothic thriller with a carefully crafted mise-en-scène>.
Medical Dictionary

milieu

noun mi·lieu \mēl-ˈyə(r), -ˈyü; ˈmēl-ˌyü, mē-lyœ̅\
plural milieus or mi·lieux \-ˈyə(r)(z), -ˈyüz; -ˌyü(z), -lyœ̅(z)\

Medical Definition of MILIEU

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