neigh·bor·hood | \ˈnā-bər-ˌhu̇d \

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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Synonyms for neighborhood


district, quarter, section

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Examples of neighborhood in a Sentence

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

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Camerata, the boutique wine bar in Montrose, is expanding with a second location planned for the Oak Forest/Garden Oaks neighborhood. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Camerata wine bar to open second location in 2019," 11 July 2018 Burglary At least eight vehicles were burglarized in the same neighborhood in the early morning July 9. Kimberly Fornek,, "Police blotter: Burr Ridge officers follow suspects in eight car burglaries onto I-55 before losing them," 14 July 2018 Part of the Coral Ridge Isles neighborhood was closed to traffic while a hazardous-materials team and a bomb-and-arson squad robot checked the house. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Two arrested, pot plants seized, officers recovering after two raids," 13 July 2018 Police are canvassing the neighborhood for more information. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Woman and child injured during overnight home invasion in Wauwatosa," 13 July 2018 Brown also found that Lyft served most of LA county’s population, no matter the neighborhood. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "The Good and Bad of Ride-Sharing When It Comes to Race," 11 July 2018 The power went out to 1,513 customers in the northern end of National City and the Bay Terraces and Skyline neighborhoods of San Diego about 8 p.m., according to the San Diego Gas & Electric Co. website. Pauline Repard,, "Power outages to 3,700 near Clairemont; National City," 14 July 2018 Glenbrook Valley is a neighborhood of more than 1,200 homes built in the 1950s and early '60s near Hobby Airport and south of Sims Bayou. Diane Cowen, Houston Chronicle, "Glenbrook Valley still draws stylish visitors," 11 July 2018 Find the rustic, warehouse-style taproom in the historic Fletcher Place neighborhood just southeast of the city center. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of neighborhood

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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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