Purlieu definition

pûrlyo͝o, pûrlo͝o
A place that one frequents.
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A place that one visits often or habitually; haunt.
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An outlying or neighboring area.
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Outskirts; the environs.
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An outlying part, as of a city.
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Bounds; limits.
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Environs.
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(historical) The ground on the edges of a forest, especially when partly subject to the same forest laws concerning game hunting etc.
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The outskirts of any place; an adjacent district; the environs or neighborhood.
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(historical) An outlying part of a forest, exempted from forest laws and returned to private owners.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
purlieu
Plural:
purlieus, purlieux

Origin of purlieu

  • Middle 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- pro–1) aler, aller to go alley1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman puralee, puralé et al.

    From Wiktionary