Definition of milieu in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmiːljəː/
Pronunciation: /mɪˈljəː/

noun (plural milieux or milieus pronounced same or /mɪˈljəːz/)

A person’s social environment: Gregory came from the same aristocratic milieu as Sidonius
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  • Instead Schodt recreates the social and cultural milieus that surrounded MacDonald at various stages of his life.
  • Alcoholism is so widespread here that it has a spiralling effect on the social milieu of the State.
  • Joyce used his own life and the social milieu of Dublin through which he took an imaginary walk every day of his exiled life.
environment, background, backdrop, setting, context, atmosphere, scene;
location, locale, conditions, surroundings, habitat, environs;
sphere, world, territory, home, domain, preserve, province, circle, element


Mid 19th century: French, from mi 'mid' + lieu 'place'.

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