noun vi·cin·i·ty \və-ˈsi-nə-tē\

: the area around or near a particular place

plural vi·cin·i·ties

Full Definition of VICINITY

:  the quality or state of being near :  proximity
:  a surrounding area or district :  neighborhood
:  neighborhood 3b

Examples of VICINITY

  1. <there are no hotels in the vicinity of the hospital>
  2. <the vicinity of the town's only elementary school was one reason why the young couple bought the house>

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
VICINITY Defined for Kids


noun vi·cin·i·ty \və-ˈsi-nə-tē\
plural vi·cin·i·ties

Definition of VICINITY for Kids

:  a surrounding area :  neighborhood <There is a school in the vicinity.>
:  the state of being close <It cost in the vicinity of 500 dollars.>


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