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Examples of milieu in a Sentence
- Theirs was a bohemian milieu in which people often played romantic musical chairs. —Edmund White, New York Review of Books, 12 Feb. 2009
- People in France admire the United States, and much of what passes for anti-Americanism is limited to the intellectual milieu of Paris. —Jonathan Alter et al., Newsweek, 29 May 2000
- She might stay home, might marry and live as a housewife. And if her milieu does not sanction such a solution, there are, she knows, milieux which do. —David Mamet, Jafsie and John Henry: Essays, 1999
- Certainly there are very few American milieus today in which having read the latest work of Joyce Carol Oates or Richard Ford is more valuable, as social currency, than having caught the latest John Travolta movie or knowing how to navigate the Web. —Jonathan Franzen, Harper's, April 1996
- They're caught in their own hazy milieu—working, smoking, talking, drinking. —Gerri Hirshey, Rolling Stone, 12 Nov. 1992
young, innovative artists thrive in the freewheeling milieu that a big city offers
Recent Examples of milieu from the Web
So the suffocating social milieu is defused by the mature perspective of a man who has survived to tell the tale.
At this point in any Americans review, one pauses to note that the milieu may be strange, but the pain is all too familiar.
Nancy Pierce Courtesy of ASC Martha Connerton Connerton, founding director of Martha Connerton Kinetic Works, works in many other creative milieus as well: catering, interior design and home renovation.
Lucian, eager to have a younger person in the role, accepts, underscoring the idea that growing old in the hyper-competitive drag milieu can exact a pitiless price.
Maggie and Glenda: Julie Algrim’s projections feature many images from the mid-1980s milieu in which this play was born; Thatcher and her murderous war against workers and the poor are prominently featured.
However, their music will remain in the pop culture milieu for a while.
His single-mindedness marked his friendships with the leading artists and intellectuals in his milieu, including Picasso.
These words are of their era, of their milieu, of a reality no longer there.
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milieu Entered English in the 1800s
The etymology of milieu comes down to "mi" and "lieu." English speakers learned the word (and borrowed both its spelling and meaning) from French. The modern French term comes from two much older French forms, mi, meaning "middle," and lieu, meaning "place." Like so many terms in the Romance languages, those Old French forms can ultimately be traced to Latin; "mi" is an offspring of the Latin medius(meaning "middle") and "lieu" is a derivative of "locus" (meaning "place"). English speakers have used "milieu" for the environment or setting of something since at least the mid-1800s, but other "lieu" descendants are much older. We've used both "lieu" itself (meaning "place" or "stead," as in "in lieu of") and "lieutenant" since the 14th century.
Synonym Discussion of milieu
- the shocking decision was part of the background of the riots
- a militant reformer who was born into an unlikely social setting
- the kind of environment that produces juvenile delinquents
- an intellectual milieu conducive to artistic experimentation
- a gothic thriller with a carefully crafted mise-en-scène
MILIEU Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of milieu for English Language Learners
: the physical or social setting in which people live or in which something happens or develops
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