in lieu in lieu of
: in the place of : instead of

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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.”

Examples of lieu in a Sentence

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
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
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
Recent Examples on the Web Athletes will sail down the Seine on cruise boats with spectators lining its banks, in lieu of the traditional parade on land. Frances Vinall, Washington Post, 9 Apr. 2024 In lieu of taxes, the tribe has agreed to pay the city a $60,000 annual fee if the project is approved. Hannah Wiley, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2024 Jackson, who lists no prior local criminal history, has remained in custody in lieu of a $200,000 bond since his arrest and pleaded innocent to all the charges Tuesday in Garland County Circuit Court. Steven Mross,, 7 Apr. 2024 In lieu of a traditional cake, a dessert bar offered an array of cookies and milk, cheesecake bites, white chocolate raspberry tartlets and Nutella bread pudding bites. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 6 Apr. 2024 The 47-year-old man has been released on bail and the 49-year-old remains in jail in lieu of $210,000 bail, court records show. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, 5 Apr. 2024 Supporters of the bill, including health care and law enforcement groups, counter that people with mental health conditions or autism who are charged with assault in an ER may be eligible for existing programs that provide mental health treatment in lieu of a criminal sentence. Sejal Parekh, Sacramento Bee, 1 Apr. 2024 Walker had remained in custody in lieu of more than $400,000 bail following her arrest Wednesday, but the prosecutor — citing Walker’s lack of criminal history and her ties to the community — agreed with a request to lower her bail to $150,000. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Mar. 2024 Leave your lip balm, foot ointments, and chafing creams at home in lieu of this convenient, effective product. Alexandra Domrongchai, Travel + Leisure, 29 Mar. 2024

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Word History


Middle English liue, from Anglo-French liu, lieu, from Latin locus — more at stall

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lieu was in the 13th century

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“Lieu.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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