lieu

Lieu \Lieu\ (l[=u]), n. [F., OF. also liu, leu, lou, fr. L. locus place. See {Local}, {Locus}.] Place; room; stead; -- used only in the phrase in lieu of, that is, instead of. [1913 Webster] The plan of extortion had been adopted in lieu of the scheme of confiscation. --Burke. [1913 Webster]