AskDefine | Define milieu

Dictionary Definition

milieu n : the environmental condition [syn: surroundings] [also: milieux (pl)]

User Contributed Dictionary

see Milieu



From milieu.


  • 1 /ˈmiːljəː/; compare: milieux1.
  • 2 /mɪˈljəː/; compare: milieux2.


  1. A person’s social setting or environment.


a person’s social setting or environment
  • German: Milieu
  • Spanish: entorno




milieu (plural: milieus)

Derived terms



From mi-, mid + lieu, place



  1. Place; setting; surroundings; social circle.

Extensive Definition

Milieu is the French word for environment.
Milieu may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

agora, air, airspace, alentours, ambiance, ambience, ambient, ambit, amphitheater, area, arena, athletic field, atmosphere, auditorium, aura, background, bear garden, belt, borderlands, bowl, boxing ring, bull ring, campus, canvas, circle, circuit, circumambiencies, circumjacencies, circumstances, circus, climate, cockpit, coliseum, colosseum, compass, confines, context, continental shelf, corridor, country, course, department, district, division, element, entourage, environing circumstances, environment, environs, feel, feeling, field, floor, forum, gestalt, ground, gym, gymnasium, habitat, hall, heartland, hinterland, hippodrome, land, lists, locale, marketplace, mat, medium, mise-en-scene, neighborhood, note, offshore rights, open forum, outposts, outskirts, overtone, palaestra, parade ground, part, parts, perimeter, periphery, pit, place, platform, precinct, precincts, premises, prize ring, public square, purlieu, purlieus, quality, quarter, range, region, ring, salient, scene, scene of action, scenery, section, sense, setting, site, situation, soil, space, sphere, spirit, squared circle, stadium, stage, stage set, stage setting, suburbs, surroundings, terrain, territory, theater, three-mile limit, tilting ground, tiltyard, tone, total environment, twelve-mile limit, undertone, vicinage, vicinity, walk, wrestling ring, zone
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