adjective ad·ja·cent \ ə-ˈjā-sᵊnt \
|Updated on: 5 Jul 2018

Definition of adjacent

1 a : not distant : nearby
  • the city and adjacent suburbs
b : having a common endpoint or border
  • adjacent lots
  • adjacent sides of a triangle
c : immediately preceding or following
2 of two angles : having the vertex and one side in common



Examples of adjacent in a Sentence

  1. The Harrimans owned two large adjacent houses on N Street, one for themselves and one for Averell Harriman's pictures. —Larry McMurtryNew York Times Review of Books23 Oct. 2003
  2. Hearing unexpected chords was linked to magnetic activity in a left-brain region known as Broca's area and in adjacent right-brain tissue. —Bruce BowerScience News5 May 2001
  3. The hallways, especially those adjacent to the satellite phone, were crowded with journalists, avid to cover the Taliban takeover … —Michael IgnatieffNew Yorker24 Mar. 1997
  4. Digging further in that spot and five adjacent areas, they retrieved 19 skulls, five eggs, over 150 jaws and hundreds of teeth, limbs and bone bits. —Natalie AngierTime8 Oct. 1984
  5. their house is adjacent to a wooded park

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Origin and Etymology of adjacent

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French agisaunt, adjesant, borrowed from Latin adjacent-, adjacens, present participle of adjacēre "to lie near, border on," from ad- ad- + jacēre "to lie," stative derivative from the base of jacere "to throw" — more at 3jet

Synonym Discussion of adjacent

adjacent, adjoining, contiguous, juxtaposed mean being in close proximity. adjacent may or may not imply contact but always implies absence of anything of the same kind in between.
    • a house with an adjacent garage
adjoining definitely implies meeting and touching at some point or line.
    • had adjoining rooms at the hotel
contiguous implies having contact on all or most of one side.
    • offices in all 48 contiguous states
juxtaposed means placed side by side especially so as to permit comparison and contrast.
    • a skyscraper juxtaposed to a church

ADJACENT Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of adjacent for English Language Learners

  • : close or near : sharing a border, wall, or point

ADJACENT Defined for Kids


adjective ad·ja·cent \ ə-ˈjā-sᵊnt \

Definition of adjacent for Students

: next to or near something
  • My sister sleeps in the adjacent room.

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