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Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Definitions for purlieu

  1. A place where one may range at large; confines or bounds.
  2. A person's haunt or resort.
  3. An outlying district or region, as of a town or city.

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Citations for purlieu
"A purlieu is an area at the edge of a royal forest that used to be under forest law but isn't any more." Edward Rutherfurd, The Forest
"She thought of the strange operation of a simple-minded man's ruling passion, that it should have led Jude, who loved her and the children so tenderly, to place them here in this depressing purlieu." Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure: Volume 1896, Part 1
Origin of purlieu
1475-1485
Purlieu is an alteration (simulating French lieu, "place") of earlier parlewe, "of a forest."