[mil-yoo, meel-; French mee-lyœ]
noun, plural milieus French, milieux [mee-lyœ] .
surroundings, especially of a social or cultural nature: a snobbish milieu.

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

background, sphere, setting. See environment. Unabridged
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milieu (ˈmiːljɜː, French miljø)
n , pl -lieux, -lieus
surroundings, location, or setting
[C19: from French, from mi-mid1 + lieu place]

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"surroundings," 1877, from Fr., "middle, medium, mean," lit. "middle place," from mi "middle" + lieu "place" (see lieu).
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milieu mi·lieu (mĭl-yu', mēl-yɶ')
n. pl. mi·lieus or mi·lieux (-lyɶ')

  1. The totality of one's surroundings; an environment.

  2. The social setting of a mental patient.

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