1 (English history) land on the edge of a forest that was once included within the bounds of the royal forest but was later separated although still subject to some of the forest laws, esp. regarding hunting
2 usually pl a neighbouring area; outskirts
3 often pl a place one frequents; haunt
4 Rare a district or suburb, esp. one that is poor or squalid
(C15 purlewe, from Anglo-French puralé a going through (influenced also by Old French lieu place), from Old French puraler to traverse, from pur through + aler to go)
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