[ mil-yoo, meel-; French mee-lyœ ]
/ mɪlˈyʊ, mil-; French miˈlyœ /
noun, plural mi·lieus, French mi·lieux [mee-lyœ] /miˈlyœ/.
surroundings, especially of a social or cultural nature: a snobbish milieu.
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Origin of milieu
Words nearby milieu
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Example sentences from the Web for milieus
Packer writes about these people and their milieus beautifully and precisely; respectfully and, when warranted, critically.
It will be a strange change of milieu for the child, but I have, I think, made her independent of milieus.Tante|Anne Douglas Sedgwick
British Dictionary definitions for milieus
/ (ˈmiːljɜː, French miljø) /
noun plural -lieux (-ljɜː, -ljɜːz, French -ljø) or -lieus
surroundings, location, or setting
Word Origin for milieu
C19: from French, from mi- mid 1 + lieu place
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Medical definitions for milieus
[ mĭl-yu′, mēl-yœ′ ]
n. pl. mi•lieus
The totality of one's surroundings; an environment.
The social setting of a mental patient.
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