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 The county’s Department of Recreation and Parks also maintains dozens of regional and neighborhood parks with trails., "Guide to Howard County 2021: Recreation," 25 Feb. 2021 Was Lam on powerful hallucinogenic drugs, possibly procured in Skid Row, the downtown L.A. neighborhood where the Cecil was located, which is depicted as a haven of homelessness and crime? Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, "How ‘The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel’ Misses the Real Story of Elisa Lam," 25 Feb. 2021 Two neighborhood associations were divided on the issue and wrote letters to commissioners. Lisa Maria Garza,, "McLaren gets Winter Park’s OK for auto dealership on Orlando Ave," 25 Feb. 2021 Since then, housing prices have increased a lot, especially in this neighborhood. Gary Singer,, "Ask a real estate pro: Can a builder terminate contract for new home after I missed deposit deadline?," 25 Feb. 2021 Northeast Ohioans are almost certainly familiar with a neighborhood Giant Eagle. Chris M. Worrell, cleveland, "Shoppers can save big with ‘Flashfood’ pilot program at select Giant Eagle locations," 25 Feb. 2021 The son of Ukrainian immigrants, Ostroushko was proud of his heritage and northeast neighborhood. Jon Bream, Star Tribune, "Peter Ostroushko, virtuoso musician with everyone from Bob Dylan to Minnesota Orchestra, dies," 25 Feb. 2021 Five organizers who live in the neighborhood and volunteers run and maintain it daily. San Diego Union-Tribune, "City Heights residents fight food insecurity with community fridge," 25 Feb. 2021 Business groups and neighborhood associations have also slammed the city over the recent events and asked for closer collaboration. Trisha Thadani, San Francisco Chronicle, "DA Chesa Boudin, Mayor Breed and S.F. police unveil new public safety pushin wake of recent violence," 24 Feb. 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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28 Feb 2021

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“Neighborhood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 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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