Definition of milieu in US English:

milieu

noun

  • A person's social environment.

    ‘he grew up in a military milieu’
    • ‘Is it possible that there are social circumstances and milieus that are uninspiring by their very nature?’
    • ‘But his eclecticism has seemed a weakness, a tendency perhaps to adapt to stronger personalities, including some of his leading performers, and various social milieus.’
    • ‘Against this, however, stood the successful isolation of the political resistance organizations and the overwhelmingly closed nature of the different social milieux inherited from the Weimar period.’
    • ‘Modern sociologists have tended to focus on the full range of social milieus that make up German society and on the various kinds of consumer behavior that characterize each milieu.’
    • ‘Merton and Barber reveal social milieus to be productive or receptive to the concept.’
    • ‘The story is set brilliantly in the context of ever changing social and scientific milieus, which often gave rise to controversy, some of which continues to this day.’
    • ‘Does the research help members to arrive at a better understanding of their social milieu?’
    • ‘He begins with the fact that religion is the source of considerable social conflict, much of which involves how ‘religion’ is to be defined in different social milieux.’
    • ‘Instead Schodt recreates the social and cultural milieus that surrounded MacDonald at various stages of his life.’
    • ‘All the while, people ignore how these movies are about very small human stories and they're always confined by and constrained by the social milieux where they take place.’
    • ‘Joyce used his own life and the social milieu of Dublin through which he took an imaginary walk every day of his exiled life.’
    • ‘But I was only able to do this because of contacts I have in my milieu of academic sociology.’
    • ‘The social milieus they provided in the household were shared by their daughters and very much valued.’
    • ‘Fourth, the promise of superior performance is not made to atomistic individuals, but to real people in real social and political milieus.’
    • ‘It is a fascinating read and an essential source for anyone researching early steamboats and their social milieu.’
    • ‘Alcoholism is so widespread here that it has a spiralling effect on the social milieu of the State.’
    • ‘The actors themselves are firmly located in contemporary Rome: the vivid specificity of the social milieux is sometimes more reminiscent of satire than of earlier elegy.’
    • ‘Compared to other studies, McDonagh succeeds in giving the reader a much better sense of the general anxieties that permeated the cultural and social milieus of her many commentators.’
    • ‘Specifically, negative social milieus and socialization severely limit the possibilities of achieving preventive success.’
    • ‘The social milieu upon which they have up to now been based is deeply divided.’
    environment, background, backdrop, setting, context, atmosphere, scene
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Origin

Mid 19th century: French, from mi ‘mid’ + lieu ‘place’.

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