Simple Definition of purlieu
: the area surrounding a place
Examples of purlieu
<the restaurant, the preferred purlieu of the theatergoing crowd, is always packed an hour or two before showtime>
<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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