pourlieu
Purlieu Pur"lieu, n. [Corrupted (by influence of lieu place) fr. OF. pural['e]e, poral['e]e (equiv. to LL. perambulatio a survey of boundaries, originally, a going through); por (L. pro, confused, however, with L. per through) + al['e]e. See {Pro-}, and {Alley}.] [Written also {pourlieu}.] 1. Originally, the ground near a royal forest, which, having been unlawfully added to the forest, was afterwards severed from it, and disafforested so as to remit to the former owners their rights. [1913 Webster]

Then as a tiger, who by chance hath spied In some purlieu two gentle fawns at play. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, the outer portion of any place; an adjacent district; environs; neighborhood. ``The purlieus of St. James.'' [1913 Webster]

brokers had been incessantly plying for custom in the purlieus of the court. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]


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  • Pourlieu — Pour lieu, n. See {Purlieu}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Purlieu — Pur lieu, n. [Corrupted (by influence of lieu place) fr. OF. pural[ e]e, poral[ e]e (equiv. to LL. perambulatio a survey of boundaries, originally, a going through); por (L. pro, confused, however, with L. per through) + al[ e]e. See {Pro }, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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