- place; stead.
- in lieu of, in place of; instead of: He gave us an IOU in lieu of cash.
Origin of lieu
1250–1300; < Middle French < Latin locus place; replacing Middle English liue < Old French liu < Latin; see locus
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- stead; place (esp in the phrases in lieu, in lieu of)
C13: from Old French, ultimately from Latin locus place
Word Origin and History for in lieu
late 13c., from Old French lieu "place, position, situation, rank," from Latin locum (nominative locus) "place."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with in lieu
see under instead of.
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