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milieu

[ mil-yoo, meel-; French mee-lyœ ]
/ mɪlˈyʊ, mil-; French miˈlyœ /
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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

First recorded in 1795–1805; from French, equivalent to mi (from Latin medius “middle”; see medium) + lieu lieu

synonym study for milieu

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How to use milieu in a sentence

  • They have failed, like all the juste-milieux of the world, and are laughed at for their eclecticism.

    What is Property?|P. J. Proudhon

British Dictionary definitions for milieu

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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