Definitions for purlieuˈpɜr lu, ˈpɜrl yu
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
pur•lieuˈpɜr lu, ˈpɜrl yu(n.)(pl.)-lieus.
purlieus, environs or neighborhood.
a place frequented by a person; haunt.
an outlying district of a town or city.
a piece of land on the edge of a forest, orig. land once part of a royal forest restored to private ownership.
Origin of purlieu:
1475–85; alter. (simulating F lieu place) of earlier parlewe, parley, paraley purlieu of a forest < AF purale(e) a going through
The ground on the edges of a forest, especially when partly subject to the same forest laws concerning game hunting etc.
The outskirts of any place; an adjacent district; the environs or neighborhood.
Origin: From puralee, puralé et al.
originally, the ground near a royal forest, which, having been unlawfully added to the forest, was afterwards severed from it, and disafforested so as to remit to the former owners their rights
hence, the outer portion of any place; an adjacent district; environs; neighborhood
Purlieu is a term used of the outlying parts of a place or district. It was a term of the old Forest law, and meant, as defined by John Manwood, Treatise of the Lawes of the Forest, The owner of freelands in the purlieu to the yearly value of forty shillings was known as a purlieu-man or purley-man. The benefits of disafforestation accrued only to the owner of the lands. There seems no doubt that purlieu or purley represents the Anglo-French pourallé lieu, a legal term meaning properly a perambulation to determine the boundaries of a manor, parish, or similar region. The word survives in placenames. Examples include Dibden Purlieu in Hampshire, on the border of the New Forest and Bedford Purlieus, once part of Rockingham Forest.
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