Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Archaic Place; stead.
  • idiom in lieu of In place of; instead of.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. See in lieu or in lieu of.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Place; room; stead; -- used only in the phrase in lieu of, that is, instead of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Place; room; stead: now only in the phrase in lieu of, which is equivalent to instead of.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the post or function properly or customarily occupied or served by another

Etymologies

French, from Old French, from Latin locus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French lieu, from Latin locum, accusative of locus. (Wiktionary)

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  • "in lieu of" = instead of

    April 30, 2010