- 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 prō- ; see pro- 1. ) aler, aller to go ; see alley 1.
(plural purlieus or purlieux)
From Anglo-Norman puralee, puralÃ© et al.