place; stead.
in lieu of, in place of; instead of: He gave us an IOU in lieu of cash.

1250–1300; < Middle French < Latin locus place; replacing Middle English liue < Old French liu < Latin; see locus Unabridged
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lieu (ljuː, luː)
stead; place (esp in the phrases in lieu, in lieu of)
[C13: from Old French, ultimately from Latin locus place]

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., from O.Fr. lieu "place," from O.Fr. leu, from L. locum (nom. locus) "place."
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Idioms & Phrases

in lieu of

see instead of.

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Example sentences
Trade winds instead of air conditioning, whistling frogs and cooing doves in
  lieu of house band.
In lieu of time travel, real travel can take us back into the past and help us
  understand a lost world.
So is the red skullcap he often wore over his short-cropped hair, in lieu of a
  formal wig.
It will be gone and you will have nothing valuable in lieu of it.
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