Origin of lieuMiddle English liue from Old French lieu from Classical Latin locus, place: see locus
Lieu is defined as instead of or in place of something.
An example of lieu is someone saying they are going to the park instead of going to the beach.
Origin of lieuFrench from Old French from Latin locus
- See in lieu or in lieu of.
- It will be gone, and you will have nothing valuable in lieu of it."
- At regular intervals the steamers of the Dutch Royal Steam Packet Company call at Dorey and other points, while administrative posts have been established elsewhere in lieu of others previously attempted but abandoned.
- (b) In lieu of oil-lamps, small, conveniently placed incandescent electric 6-volt lamps are employed; and these are fitted with suitable switches and variable resistances.
- Barbier, Rene Descartes, sa famille, son lieu de naissance, &c. (1901); Richard Lowndes, Rene Descartes, his Life and Meditations (London, 1878); J.
- The Latin term " tractatus," and its derivatives, though of occasional occurrence in this sense from the 13th century onwards, only began to be commonly so employed, in lieu of the older technical terms " conventio publica," or " foedus," from the end of the r7th century.