environs vs purlieu what difference

what is difference between environs and purlieu

English

Etymology

Borrowed from French environs.

Noun

environs pl (plural only)

  1. plural of environ; The surroundings; the environment.

Verb

environs

  1. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of environ

French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɑ̃.vi.ʁɔ̃/

Noun

environs m pl (plural only)

  1. neighborhood (close proximity, particularly in reference to home)

Further reading

  • “environs” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Anagrams

  • enivrons


English

Etymology

From Middle English purlewe (piece of land on the edge of a forest), modification under the influence of Old French lieu (place) of porale, purale (royal perambulation), from Old French porale, from poraler (to traverse), from por- (forth) (from Latin prō- + aler, aller (to go).

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈpɜːljuː/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈpɝl(j)u/

Noun

purlieu (plural purlieus or purlieux)

  1. (historical) The ground on the edges of a forest, especially when partly subject to the same forest laws concerning game hunting etc.
  2. The outskirts of any place; an adjacent district; the environs or neighborhood.

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