plural noun
en·​vi·​rons | \ in-ˈvī-rənz How to pronounce environs (audio) , -ˈvī(-ə)rnz How to pronounce environs (audio) \

Definition of environs

1 : the districts around a city
2a : environing things : surroundings
b : an adjoining region or space : vicinity

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Recent Examples on the Web The warm environs groomed a host of artists who would blossom into radio stars — Jennifer Nettles, the Indigo Girls, Kristian Bush, Shawn Mullins. Melissa Ruggieri, ajc, "From Outkast to Gladys Knight, musical landmarks abound in Atlanta," 18 Jan. 2021 But the combination of their capable camper and the recent immersion into wild environs had already left an indelible mark. Sunset Magazine, "Going Nomad: Pro Skier Hits the Road to Find Fulfillment During Pandemic," 11 Nov. 2020 That said, the series remains fairly claustrophobic, and mostly uneventful, despite the occasional foray outside their protective bubble into the desert environs (wearing spacesuits, of course). Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Moonbase 8' is a pretty weightless Showtime comedy," 6 Nov. 2020 Pausing to examine your environs isn't just a chance to collect your gathering drool. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s best games of 2020," 22 Dec. 2020 In London and its environs, nonessential stores must close and people must stay at home from midnight Saturday, with limited exceptions for some types of work and essential shopping, Mr. Johnson said. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "U.K. Imposes Fresh Lockdowns to Curb New Covid-19 Strain," 19 Dec. 2020 In modern-day Taipei, Lee juxtaposes the city with its surrounding environs. Andru Okun, The Christian Science Monitor, "A family history in trees and flowers: A biologist’s memoir," 2 Dec. 2020 The Swedish capital and its environs have been a hot spot throughout the pandemic; in November, its testing-positivity rate hovered around 20%. Nils Adler, Los Angeles Times, "Sweden took pride in its light-touch approach to the pandemic. Now it’s reconsidering," 10 Dec. 2020 Scanning the environs of King’s Hall Hill, the men suddenly picked up a signal on their devices. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "The Curse of the Buried Treasure," 9 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of environs

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Environs.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/environs. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of environs

: the area that is around a place (such as a city)

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