neigh·​bor·​hood | \ ˈnā-bər-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce neighborhood (audio) \

Definition of neighborhood

1 : neighborly relationship … a closer feeling of brotherhood, a more efficient sense of neighborhood— Nathaniel Hawthorne
2 : the quality or state of being neighbors : proximity … refugees from the country, driven by fear or the neighborhood of armies.— F. L. Paxson
3a : a place or region near : vicinity traveled to a place somewhere in the neighborhood of that city
b : an approximate amount, extent, or degree cost in the neighborhood of $100
4a : the people living near one another The whole neighborhood heard about it.
b : a section lived in by neighbors and usually having distinguishing characteristics lived in a quiet neighborhood
5 : the set (see set entry 2 sense 21) of all points belonging to a given set whose distances from a given point are less than a given positive (see positive entry 1 sense 4e) number broadly : a set that contains a neighborhood

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Examples of neighborhood in a Sentence

They bought a house in a beautiful neighborhood. The whole neighborhood heard about it.
Recent Examples on the Web Gramercy Park neighborhood for the first time in nearly a year. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "Inside Primary Wave's $1.5 Billion Hit Factory," 26 Apr. 2021 There’s a glimpse of a neighborhood hot dog cart, which is very popular in fictional Chicago but less so on real city streets. Tracy Swartz,, "They met at Columbia College as professor and student. Now they have a hit movie starring Liam Neeson.," 26 Apr. 2021 San Francisco Mayor London Breed will launch the city’s fourth neighborhood COVID-19 vaccine site on Thursday at the Local 261 Union building at 3271 18th Street in the Mission District. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: April 15-21, 2021," 25 Apr. 2021 Spend an afternoon walking around Cheatham’s neighborhood and talking to people at bus stops and barbershops, the feelings are echoed. Tim Prudente,, "In West Baltimore, a verdict and impending reforms stir memories of injustice and hope for better police relations," 24 Apr. 2021 Authorities in Chicago on Friday released graphic video footage from a March 25 shooting in the city’s Brighton Park neighborhood that left a suspect dead and a police officer wounded. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, "Chicago police release graphic videos of Brighton Park shooting that left suspect dead, cop wounded," 24 Apr. 2021 Despite appearing like a relic of the titular neighborhood’s hippie-dippie peak, McDormand doesn’t play Jane as some tragic bohemian stuck in the past. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "Frances McDormand’s 10 Best Roles, From Fargo to Nomadland," 23 Apr. 2021 Walk in support of kidney disease patients from the comfort of your home, neighborhood, or local park. Mary Lou Cruz,, "Sunday calendar: Community and entertainment events starting April 25," 23 Apr. 2021 Over the last year, record numbers of people have found solace in nature, from the United States’ vast national park system to the comfort of their backyard or neighborhood. Los Angeles Times, "Sponges on a vine? This Central California trip may surprise you," 22 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of neighborhood

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of neighborhood was in the 15th century

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29 Apr 2021

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“Neighborhood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of neighborhood

: a section of a town or city
: the people who live near each other


neigh·​bor·​hood | \ ˈnā-bər-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce neighborhood (audio) \

Kids Definition of neighborhood

1 : a residential section of a city They are building a house in our neighborhood.
2 : the people living near one another
3 : a place or region near : vicinity
4 : an amount, size, or range that is close to It cost in the neighborhood of ten dollars.

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