[mil-yoo, meel-; French mee-lyœ]
noun, plural mi·lieus, French mi·lieux [mee-lyœ] /miˈlyœ/.
surroundings, especially of a social or cultural nature: a snobbish milieu.
Origin of milieu
equivalent to mi
(< Latin medius
middle; see medium
) + lieu lieu
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It will be a strange change of milieu for the child, but I have, I think, made her independent of milieus.
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
British Dictionary definitions for milieus
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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Word Origin and History for milieus
"surroundings," 1877, from French milieu, "middle, medium, mean," literally "middle place" (12c.), from mi "middle" (from Latin medius; see medial (adj.)) + lieu "place" (see lieu).
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n. pl. mi•lieus
The totality of one's surroundings; an environment.
The social setting of a mental patient.
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