lieu

noun
\ˈlü \

Definition of lieu 

archaic
in lieu in lieu of

: in the place of : instead of

Keep scrolling for more

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
See More

First Known Use of lieu

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lieu

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about lieu

Statistics for lieu

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for lieu

The first known use of lieu was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on lieu

What made you want to look up lieu? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to express warning or disapproval

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Autumn Words of the Day 2018

  • a-top-down-image-of-road-through-an-autumn-forest
  • Which is a synonym of fugacious?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!