neighborhood

noun

neigh·​bor·​hood ˈnā-bər-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce neighborhood (audio)
1
: neighborly relationship
… a closer feeling of brotherhood, a more efficient sense of neighborhoodNathaniel 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
3
a
: 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
4
a
: 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

Examples of neighborhood in a Sentence

They bought a house in a beautiful neighborhood. The whole neighborhood heard about it.
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Neighborhood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neighborhood. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

neighborhood

noun
neigh·​bor·​hood ˈnā-bər-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce neighborhood (audio)
1
: the quality or state of being neighbors
2
a
: a place or region near : vicinity
b
: a number or amount near
cost in the neighborhood of $10
3
a
: the people living near one another
b
: a section lived in by people who consider themselves neighbors

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