Simple Definition of vicinity
: the area around or near a particular place
Examples of vicinity in a sentence
<there are no hotels in the vicinity of the hospital>
<the vicinity of the town's only elementary school was one reason why the young couple bought the house>
Did You Know?
Vicinity has its origins in the idea of neighborliness - it was borrowed into English in the 16th century from Middle French vicinité, which in turn derives from the Latin adjective vicinus, meaning "neighboring." "Vicinus" itself can be traced back to the noun vicus, meaning "row of houses or "village," and ultimately all the way back to the same ancient word that gave Gothic, Old Church Slavic, and Greek words for "house." Other descendants of "vicinus" in English include "vicinal" ("local" or "of, relating to, or substituted in adjacent sites in a molecule") and "vicinage," a synonym of "vicinity" in the sense of "a neighboring or surrounding district."
Origin of vicinity
Middle French vicinité, from Latin vicinitat-, vicinitas, from vicinus neighboring, from vicus row of houses, village; akin to Gothic weihs village, Old Church Slavic vĭsĭ, Greek oikos, oikia house
First Known Use: 1560
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