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

Related Words for lieu

stead, substitute

Examples from the Web for lieu

Contemporary Examples of lieu

Historical Examples of lieu

  • This was his in lieu of the money which he would have earned if they had killed Lanning on the spot.

  • In a pathetic sort of way, she mothered Christine in lieu of her own daughter.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • A burnt stick and a barn door served Wilkie in lieu of pencil and canvas.


    Samuel Smiles

  • This is then properly transferred to us, in lieu of our cheque.

  • The grinning death's head seal was appended in lieu of a signature, as before.

    The Film of Fear

    Arnold Fredericks

British Dictionary definitions for lieu



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

Word Origin for lieu

C13: from Old French, ultimately from Latin locus place
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for 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 lieu


see under instead of.

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