lieu

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noun \ˈlü\

Definition of lieu

archaic

  1. :  place, stead

in lieu

  1. :  instead

in lieu of

  1. :  in the place of :  instead of

Examples of lieu in a sentence

  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

  2. Many of those pigs live here. Do they ever wonder why their masters walk upright in lieu of going on all-fours? —Charles Dickens, American Notes for General Circulation, 1842

  3. But when she read, and re-read with the closest attention, the particulars immediately following of Wickham's resigning all pretensions to the living, of his receiving, in lieu, so considerable a sum as three thousand pounds, again was she forced to hesitate. —Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, 1813

lieu vs. loo vs. lue

Due to its unusual Francophonic spelling, many people misspell lieu (which appears most often in the phrase in lieu of) as loo or lue. We even have evidence for people assuming the phrase is inlu of. It is, in fact, in lieu of. Lieu as a standalone noun means “place” and it’s now archaic. You can remember the spelling of lieu by using the mnemonic “lieu in everyday use.”

Origin and Etymology 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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