Meaning of juste milieu in English:

juste milieu

noun

  • The happy medium; judicious moderation.

    ‘The former found in Romanticism a language that gave nationalism a new mystical and populist force, while moderates looked instead to the juste milieu embodied by the July Monarchy in France.’
    • ‘Tocqueville's rhetorical adversaries in that chapter were the nervous liberals of the juste milieu in France who feared that extending democratic rights would endanger social stability.’
    • ‘Because I seek solace in music, god knows, ever since the blessings of non-intervention and the juste milieu!’
    • ‘In the political sphere, before 1848 the majority favoured the juste milieu of a constitutional monarchy and some form of restricted suffrage.’
    • ‘Acceptable forms of female heroism, it would seem, fell in between these two extremes, somewhere in the ever elusive juste milieu.’

Pronunciation

juste milieu

/ˌʒuːst mɪˈljəː/ /ʒystə miljø/

Origin

French, literally ‘correct mean’.