[mil-yoo , meel-; French mee-lyœ]
- surroundings, especially of a social or cultural nature: a snobbish milieu.
Origin of milieu
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background, sphere, setting. See environment.
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Examples from the Web for milieu
Above all, artists deserve a milieu in which musical talent is celebrated and given some acknowledgement in the media.Music Criticism Has Degenerated Into Lifestyle Reporting
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She deems her work “craft with modern techniques” and has been welcomed into the milieu despite an unconventional approach.The New Queens of Haute Couture
January 27, 2014
Instead he describes the milieu in which the works were created and received.Best Year Ever: How 1922 Birthed Modernism
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That was the milieu he came from: the paid-by-the-word grind of the hack writer.Elmore Leonard Was the Cool King of Crime Fiction
August 20, 2013
The two shows are so similar—premise, tone, characters, milieu—that comparisons are inevitable.‘Low Winter Sun’ Might Be the New ‘Wire’
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And it seemed that in this milieu the virtue of being amusing outweighed all vices.Nobody
Louis Joseph Vance
In a milieu removed from care and trivialities I will continue my poem.The History of Sir Richard Calmady
Nor was it likely for her to do so considering the milieu in which she lived, in which she was obliged to live.Overlooked
Impressionism is Realism widened by the study of the milieu.The History of Modern Painting, Volume 3 (of 4)
This phrase, foreign to Bburs diction, smacks of a Court-Persian milieu.The Bbur-nma in English
Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
- surroundings, location, or setting
C19: from French, from mi- mid 1 + lieu place
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Word Origin and History for milieu
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The totality of one's surroundings; an environment.
- The social setting of a mental patient.
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