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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That, residents and property owners say, has brought rats and disease into skid row and surrounding neighborhoods. Dakota Smith,, "L.A. agreed to let homeless people keep their skid row belongings. That could change," 5 July 2019 This is the life of your friendly neighborhood vigilante. Graham Techler, The New Yorker, "Peter Parker: A Superhero, but Also a Teen, Just Like You!," 5 July 2019 McCormack suspects the downtown is the fastest growing neighborhood in Cleveland. Robert Higgs,, "Cleveland’s downtown residents organize push to get a playground for kids like other neighborhoods have," 5 July 2019 Now that Birmingham Kitchen Gardens is in town, there’s no reason not to get growing! Aged to Perfection A neighborhood wine shop is in the works for Mountain Brook Village. Birmingham Magazine,, "Food News: kitchen garden service, new wine shop, and more," 5 July 2019 Fire managers are recommending a Level 1 evacuation level for the Drouin, Hardluck, Moose Mountain, Coyote Jones, and Hattie Creek neighborhoods -- a total of more than 740 structures. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Hundreds of Fairbanks-area residents under precautionary wildfire evacuation alerts," 5 July 2019 But now, several decades later, as the movement has expanded, questions about whether its leaders were fulfilling their original promise to educate vulnerable children better than neighborhood public schools have mounted. Eliza Shapiro, New York Times, "Why Some of the Country’s Best Urban Schools Are Facing a Reckoning," 5 July 2019 Denver police spokesman Kurt Barnes said the man was a suspect in connection with the death of woman in Denver’s Globeville neighborhood Wednesday. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Man dead after police chase, crash, officer-involved shooting in Lakewood, police say," 4 July 2019 Across the city and the county, locals celebrated America’s Independence Day with backyard barbecues, neighborhood festivals, parades and fireworks. Brooke Lamantia And Austin Taylor,, "It’s a red, white and blue celebration at local Fourth of July parade," 4 July 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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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