A Word A Day : Milieu

Friday, 17th August 2007 : Today's Word is...


( Noun )

Pronunciation : (mil-yu'& my-ly0u')

1. An environment or a setting

2. The totality of surrounding conditions and circumstances affecting growth or development

3. The sphere in which each individual lives and which he or she is affected by. This sphere includes the tangible objects and people, the social and cultural phenomena, and the images which influence human behaviour.

4. The environmental condition


French, from Old French, center : mi, middle (from Latin medius) + lieu, place (from Latin locus)


1. Environment

2. Surroundings

3. Ambiance

4. Atmosphere

5. Climate

6. Medium

7. World


1. Restriction

2. Limitation

Contextual Example:

• A caring and involved community is the proper milieu for raising a family.

• The farmer on vacation in the big city felt out of his milieu.

• The mysterious green light was in itself a milieu of horror.

Related Word:

Milieus : Noun (Plural)

Milieux : Noun (Plural)

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