Definition of milieu in English:

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Pronunciation: /milˈyo͞o/
Pronunciation: /milˈyə(r)/

noun (plural milieux pronounced same, or milieus)

A person’s social environment: he grew up in a military milieu
More example sentences
  • 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, sphere, background, backdrop, setting, context, atmosphere;
location, conditions, surroundings, environs
informal stomping grounds, stamping grounds, turf


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

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Syllabification: mi·lieu

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