[ pur-loo, purl-yoo ]
/ ˈpɜr lu, ˈpɜrl yu /
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purlieus, environs or neighborhood.
a place where one may range at large; confines or bounds.
a person's haunt or resort.
an outlying district or region, as of a town or city.
a piece of land on the edge of a forest, originally land that, after having been included in a royal forest, was restored to private ownership, though still subject, in some respects, to the operation of the forest laws.
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How to use purlieu in a sentence
It would be too dismal for Gwynne to roam through the purlieus with a policeman—and he cannot come down often.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
But while he sneaked in the purlieus of the city several of his 'longshore friends passed him without a second look.Blow The Man Down|Holman Day
And then Mr. Furnival strolled off to look for the attorney among the various purlieus frequented by the learned strangers.Orley Farm|Anthony Trollope
Is drink-money for your old age, when else you must starve or stab in the purlieus of Genoa, not worth one month's sobriety?The Long Night|Stanley Weyman
Theology, straying from the enclosures of religion, enters the purlieus of philosophy, and in some cases exacts stiff definitions.Instigations|Ezra Pound
British Dictionary definitions for purlieu
/ (ˈpɜːljuː) /
English history land on the edge of a forest that was once included within the bounds of the royal forest but was later separated although still subject to some of the forest laws, esp regarding hunting
(usually plural) a neighbouring area; outskirts
(often plural) a place one frequents; haunt
rare a district or suburb, esp one that is poor or squalid
Word Origin for purlieu
C15 purlewe, from Anglo-French puralé a going through (influenced also by Old French lieu place), from Old French puraler to traverse, from pur through + aler to go
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