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Tuesday, May 03, 2011

purlieu

\PUR-loo\ , noun;
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.
4.
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.
Quotes:
"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:
Purlieu is an alteration (simulating French lieu, "place") of earlier parlewe, "of a forest."
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