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purlieu

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noun pur·lieu \ˈpərl-(ˌ)yü, ˈpər-(ˌ)lü\

Simple Definition of purlieu

  • : the area surrounding a place

Full Definition of purlieu

  1. 1 a :  an outlying or adjacent district b plural :  environs, neighborhood

  2. 2 a :  a frequently visited place :  haunt b plural :  confines, bounds

Examples of purlieu

  1. <the restaurant, the preferred purlieu of the theatergoing crowd, is always packed an hour or two before showtime>

  2. <we stopped at one of the several pubs in the purlieus of the stadium>



Origin of purlieu

Middle English purlewe land severed from an English royal forest by perambulation, from Anglo-French puralé perambulation, from puraler to travel through, measure, from pur- thoroughly + aler to go — more at purchase


First Known Use: 15th century


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