- Historical an outlying part of a forest, exempted from forest laws and returned to private owners
- a place that one visits often or habitually; haunt
- bounds; limits
- an outlying part, as of a city
Origin of purlieualtered (infl. by French lieu, place) ; from Anglo-French puralee ; from Old French puralée ; from puraler, to go through ; from pur-, por- (; from Classical Latin pro-, for, but used for per-, through) + aler, to go: see alley
- An outlying or neighboring area.
- purlieus Outskirts; the environs.
- A place that one frequents.
Origin of purlieuMiddle English purlewe, piece of land on the edge of a forest, probably alteration (influenced by Old French lieu, place) of porale, purale, royal perambulation, from Old French porale, from poraler, to traverse : por-, forth (from Latin pr&omacron;-; see pro–1) + aler, aller, to go; see alley1.
(plural purlieus or purlieux)
From Anglo-Norman puralee, puralÃ© et al.