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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
The recreation of Northern working men’s clubs, with their tawdry glittery curtains and murkily patterned carpets awash in cheap beer, are lovingly recreated and the filmmakers clearly have affection for the spirit and brio of this milieu.
Spirits don’t need houses to haunt; ships, wharves and beaches will do just as well, and those will be among the spooky milieus investigated in this Staten Island event, which comprises five institutions on the harbor campus.
There are some funny bits that poke at the book’s generally cozy milieu.
And if most of the people who visit this show are destined to be of a privileged milieu, then the NPHM misses an opportunity to demonstrate how they're entangled in what happened.
From this perspective, the goal of redemption is to return to the Eden milieu where God is acknowledged by all as the ultimate decider of good and evil.
In many way The Tribes of Palos Verdes is standard YA fare: poisonous suburban milieu, troubled family dynamics and a misfit protagonist, intelligent and resilient.
Some complaints from our minority of Trump supporters who now feel marginalized and ostracized in our campus milieu and post election activity.
In other words, Coates hasn’t been and isn’t alone in interrogating the American milieu shrewdly, passionately.
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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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