ad·​join·​ing ə-ˈjȯi-niŋ How to pronounce adjoining (audio)
: touching or bounding at a point or line
Choose the Right Synonym for adjoining

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

Examples of adjoining in a Sentence

the cows had broken through the fence and were grazing in the adjoining field
Recent Examples on the Web An even larger fire guard was finished this winter in adjoining Yoho National Park. Norimitsu Onishi, New York Times, 29 May 2024 So, while failure to signal might be considered disrespectful in California, in New York the driver who darts into the adjoining lane without warning is simply defending his honor. Irv Erdos, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 May 2024 The O’Donnell family donated 9.4 adjoining acres for a community park that includes a nature path, butterfly garden and playground, according to the information from Sunmark Capital. David Caraccio, Sacramento Bee, 22 May 2024 The space is partitioned into three rooms, each letting in ample light through adjoining balconies and vaulted ceilings. Brad Japhe, Travel + Leisure, 22 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for adjoining 

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Word History


Middle English adjoynyng, from present participle of adjoynen "to adjoin"

First Known Use

1577, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of adjoining was in 1577

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“Adjoining.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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