Definition of purlieus noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpɜːljuːz//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrluːz//
[plural] (literary)
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the area near or surrounding a place a fashionable residence in the purlieus of the capital Word Originlate 15th cent. (denoting a tract on the border of a forest): probably an alteration (suggested by French lieu ‘place’) of Anglo-Norman French puralee ‘a going round to settle the boundaries’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: purlieus