Pur"lieu (?), n. [Corrupted (by influence of lieu place) fr. OF. pural'ee, poral'ee (equiv. to LL. perambulatio a survey of boundaries, originally, a going through); por (L. pro, confused, however, with L. per through) + al'ee. See Pro-, and Alley.] [Written also pourlieu.]
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.
Then as a tiger, who by chance hath spied
In some purlieu two gentle fawns at play.
Hence, the outer portion of any place; an adjacent district; environs; neighborhood.
of St. James."
brokers had been incessantly plying for custom in the purlieus of the court.
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