milieu

[ 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

1795–1805; < French, equivalent to mi (< Latin medius middle; see medium) + lieu lieu

SYNONYMS FOR 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

milieu
/ (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

milieu
[ 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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