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 Yes, Santa will be there (with his gingerbread house), but there'll also be live music performances, a tree-lighting ceremony and, at 7:05 p.m., fireworks over the neighborhood south of downtown. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "7 things you should be doing in Milwaukee this weekend, including the Santa Cycle Rampage," 5 Dec. 2019 Jenna Van Gelderen Jenna Van Gelderen was last heard from while pet sitting her parents’ cat in the Druid Hills neighborhood of Atlanta on the night of August 18, 2017. NBC News, "Six years of Dateline's Missing in America: 134 still missing," 5 Dec. 2019 But that hasn’t stopped people from scattering into other neighborhoods, like the Castro, Hayes Valley and the Mission. Trisha Thadani,, "‘We don’t want to be outside’: Homeless say few beds offered during Tenderloin sweep," 4 Dec. 2019 The Ripped Bodice, which counts Stacey Abrams as a fan, officially opened in the Culver City neighborhood of Los Angeles in 2016. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "The Ripped Bodice Is the Only Romance Bookstore in the Country. For the Sisters Who Opened It, It's a Love Story," 4 Dec. 2019 This time of year, Gordon Square, in the Bloomsbury neighborhood of London, is covered in pale yellow and red leaves, which obscure the park’s walkways and its dying grassy patches and dot a half-dozen wooden benches that line its perimeter. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, "Building the Worlds of His Dark Materials," 3 Dec. 2019 Lecque moving into the neighborhood was the cherry on top. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Desert Vista's Dasean Lecque driven by older brother Jalen's journey to the Suns," 2 Dec. 2019 Since 2017, Burten Bell Carr has also expanded operations eastward into the Buckeye Woodhill and Buckeye Shaker Square neighborhoods. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Tim Tramble builds toward ‘the ultimate city to live in’: Cleveland Champions," 1 Dec. 2019 Remembering basketball Clampitt was 12 and Benson was 10 when Clampitt moved into the neighborhood. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "IU basketball 'gentle giant' Kent Benson battling devastating losses," 26 Nov. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'neighborhood.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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9 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Neighborhood.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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