place; stead.

Nearby words

  1. liepāja,
  2. lier,
  3. lierne,
  4. liestal,
  5. lietuva,
  6. lieut,
  7. lieut.,
  8. lieut. col.,
  9. lieut. comdr.,
  10. lieutenancy


    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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for in lieu of



stead; place (esp in the phrases in lieu, in lieu of)

Word Origin for lieu

C13: from Old French, ultimately from Latin locus place

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Word Origin and History for in lieu of


late 13c., from Old French lieu "place, position, situation, rank," from Latin locum (nominative locus) "place."

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Idioms and Phrases with in lieu of

in lieu of

see instead of.


see under instead of.

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