[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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- surroundings, location, or setting
C19: from French, from mi- mid 1 + lieu place
Word Origin and History for milieux
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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