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

 

lieu

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//luː//
 
, also BrE//ljuː//
 
; NAmE NAmE//luː//
 
(formal)
 
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Word Origin Middle English: via French from Latin locus ‘place’.Idioms
in lieu (of something)
 
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instead of They took cash in lieu of the prize they had won. We work on Saturdays and have a day off in lieu during the week.
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