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milieu

[mil-yoo, meel-; French mee-lyœ]
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noun, plural mi·lieus, French mi·lieux [mee-lyœ] /miˈlyœ/.
  1. surroundings, especially of a social or cultural nature: a snobbish milieu.

Origin of milieu

1795–1805; < French, equivalent to mi (< Latin medius middle; see medium) + lieu lieu

Synonyms

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background, sphere, setting. See environment.
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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.

  • Nor was it likely for her to do so considering the milieu in which she lived, in which she was obliged to live.

    Overlooked

    Maurice Baring

  • Impressionism is Realism widened by the study of the milieu.

  • This phrase, foreign to Bburs diction, smacks of a Court-Persian milieu.

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan


British Dictionary definitions for milieu

milieu

noun plural -lieux (-ljɜː, -ljɜːz, French -ljø) or -lieus
  1. surroundings, location, or setting

Word Origin

C19: from French, from mi- mid 1 + lieu place
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Word Origin and History for milieu

n.

"surroundings," 1877, from French milieu, "middle, medium, mean," literally "middle place" (12c.), from mi "middle" (from Latin medius; see medial (adj.)) + lieu "place" (see lieu).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

milieu in Medicine

milieu

(mĭl-yu, mēl-yœ)
n. pl. mi•lieus
  1. The totality of one's surroundings; an environment.
  2. The social setting of a mental patient.
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