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purlieu

[pur-loo, purl-yoo] /ˈpɜr lu, ˈpɜrl yu/
noun
1.
purlieus, environs or neighborhood.
2.
a place where one may range at large; confines or bounds.
3.
a person's haunt or resort.
4.
an outlying district or region, as of a town or city.
5.
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.
Origin of purlieu
1475-1485
1475-85; alteration (simulating French lieu place) of earlier parlewe, parley, paraley purlieu of a forest < Anglo-French purale(e) a going through, equivalent to pur (< Latin prō for, pro1, confused with per through) + aller (see alley1)
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Historical Examples
  • A reviewer residing in the purlieus of High Holborn is not competent to do it.

    The Highlands of Ethiopia William Cornwallis Harris
  • I do not speak of card-playing about the purlieus of Piccadilly.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • He told me he was going to raise a battery in the purlieus of Richmond.

    The Master of Warlock George Cary Eggleston
  • It was Dare, whom he had supposed to be a thousand miles off, hanging about the purlieus of Markton.

    A Laodicean Thomas Hardy
  • To be seen in the purlieus of the latter was a signal for vulgar anathemas and social ostracism.

  • The purlieus of the camp were at this period anything but safe.

  • A third brought him an oak sapling to keep in his hand about the purlieus of the establishment.

    Going To Maynooth William Carleton
  • But, on the whole, the purlieus of Kensington are depressing.

  • Field-lane is a low London thoroughfare, leading from the foot of Holborn-hill to the purlieus of Clerkenwell.

  • All the purlieus of bigelovia and artemisia are noisy with them for a month.

British Dictionary definitions for purlieus

purlieu

/ˈpɜːljuː/
noun
1.
(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
2.
(usually pl) a neighbouring area; outskirts
3.
(often pl) a place one frequents; haunt
4.
(rare) a district or suburb, esp one that is poor or squalid
Word Origin
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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