Purlieu
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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Purlieu — is a term used of the outlying parts of a place or district. It was a term of the old Forest law, and meant, as defined by John Manwood, Treatise of the Lawes of the Forest (1598, 4th ed. 1717), a certain territory of ground adjoining unto the… …   Wikipedia

  • purlieu — index bailiwick, periphery, vicinity Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • purlieu — ► NOUN (pl. purlieus or purlieux) 1) (purlieus) the area near or surrounding a place. 2) Brit. historical a tract on the border of a forest. ORIGIN probably from Old French puralee a walk round to settle boundaries …   English terms dictionary

  • purlieu — [pʉrl′yo͞o΄, pʉr′lo͞o΄] n. [altered (infl. by Fr lieu, place) < Anglo Fr puralee < OFr puralée < puraler, to go through < pur , por (< L pro , for, but used for per , through) + aler, to go: see ALLEY1] 1. Historical an outlying… …   English World dictionary

  • purlieu — /perr looh, perrl yooh/, n. 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 …   Universalium

  • purlieu — [15] Purlieu has no etymological connection with French lieu ‘place’, which seems to have been grafted on to it in the 16th century in ignorance of its origins. It comes from Anglo Norman puralee ‘act of walking round’, hence ‘area of land beyond …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • purlieu — pur•lieu [[t]ˈpɜr lu, ˈpɜrl yu[/t]] n. pl. lieus 1) purlieus environs or neighborhood 2) a place frequented by a person; haunt 3) an outlying district of a town or city 4) a piece of land on the edge of a forest, orig. land once part of a royal… …   From formal English to slang

  • purlieu — /ˈpɜlju/ (say perlyooh) noun 1. a piece of land on the border of a forest. 2. any bordering, neighbouring, or outlying region or district. 3. (plural) neighbourhood. 4. a place where one may range at large; one s bounds. 5. one s haunt or resort …   Australian English dictionary

  • purlieu — [15] Purlieu has no etymological connection with French lieu ‘place’, which seems to have been grafted on to it in the 16th century in ignorance of its origins. It comes from Anglo Norman puralee ‘act of walking round’, hence ‘area of land beyond …   Word origins

  • purlieu — noun Etymology: Middle English purlewe land severed from an English royal forest by perambulation, from Anglo French puralé perambulation, from puraler to travel through, measure, from pur thoroughly + aler to go more at purchase Date: 15th… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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