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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Synonyms for neighborhood


matter, tune, vicinity

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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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The following questions were submitted and selected by about 50 residents from different neighborhoods and backgrounds during the Courant’s inaugural Courantly community dinner., "Education, job creation, retail and more: Hartford’s mayoral candidates address 11 issues residents say matter most to them," 21 June 2019 Despite the Bay Area’s diversity, few neighborhoods and cities match the region’s population distribution, according to the analysis by the Haas Institute. Leonardo Castañeda, The Mercury News, "Asians are now largest group in two Bay Area counties, new data shows," 20 June 2019 Andy Kaplan, the museum’s board chairman, says of the decision to rebrand and move from L.A.’s Beverly Grove neighborhood to Santa Monica, accessible from the Metro Expo Line. Jessica Gelt,, "The Cayton rethinks what a children’s museum can be in 2019," 20 June 2019 And that is development that is at the intersection of neighborhoods and education and community and business. Yvonne Wenger,, "She bridged neighborhoods and Sagamore for Port Covington deal. Can she do the same for Hopkins?," 19 June 2019 Wharton walked ten miles to his old neighborhood, sticking to the back roads lined with neat houses. Matthew Van Meter, The New Republic, "The Judge and the Three-Strikes Convict," 17 June 2019 Suddenly a text alert tells them that a ballistic missile is headed toward their Burbank neighborhood. Caryn James, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Blowing Up Right Now': Film Review," 16 June 2019 The champions of open borders made sure that such influxes did not materially affect their own neighborhoods, schools, and privileged way of life. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Why Are the Western Middle Classes So Angry?," 13 June 2019 Expedition Overview Expedition Overview Enjoy a private tour of historic neighborhoods and medieval landmarks in Edinburgh, Scotland’s cosmopolitan capital city. National Geographic, "Scotland Private Expedition," 12 June 2019

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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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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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