Meaning of purlieu


Pronunciation: (pûr'l, pûrl'y), [key]
— n.
  1. 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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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