Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Word of the Day #8

purlieu - \ PUR-loo \  , noun;
1. A place where one may range at large; confines or bounds.
2. A person's haunt or resort.
3. An outlying district or region, as of a town or city.
4. 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.
Origin: Purlieu  is an alteration (simulating French lieu , "place") of earlier parlewe , "of a forest."
Example - Hmmmm ok.....  There is a purlieu on the outskirts of our town.


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