[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 milieus
Packer writes about these people and their milieus beautifully and precisely; respectfully and, when warranted, critically.Individual Lives in an Unforgiving America
May 22, 2013
It will be a strange change of milieu for the child, but I have, I think, made her independent of milieus.Tante</p>
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
- surroundings, location, or setting
C19: from French, from mi- mid 1 + lieu place
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Word Origin and History for milieus
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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