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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 One city of Liberty neighborhood, Oak Forest, had all 44 homes receive flooding except for one lucky home. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "A Year in Review: 2019 brought promised progress," 31 Dec. 2019 After receiving a $1 million grant from the city, La Casa de las Madres was finally able to buy a space of its own in the South of Market neighborhood. Trisha Thadani,, "SF domestic violence nonprofit finds new home thanks to city largesse," 31 Dec. 2019 Exhibit creator Emily Kutil used overlapping, oversized photographs to replicate portions of the neighborhood, stationing them in rows so viewers had the feel of walking down Black Bottom streets. Steve Byrne, Detroit Free Press, "2019 entertainment Top 10: Raconteurs, Tame Impala, 'The Deuce,' Murals in the Market," 29 Dec. 2019 The party’s shift has prompted a protest movement of black and Latino parents — core Democratic voters — who say charters are their children’s best option in a landscape of underperforming neighborhood public schools. New York Times, "Cheating Scandals, Charters and Falling Test Scores: 5 Takeaways From the Year in Education," 28 Dec. 2019 The result was a story about a man who has, over the past 25 years, woven himself into the fabric of a baseball neighborhood. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Inside the story of Diamond Dogs’ Joel Watkins, LoDo’s iconic hot dog vendor," 26 Dec. 2019 Thiel added that firefighters were conducting a door-to-door canvass of the neighborhood to account for anyone who might be missing. NBC News, "At least one feared dead after Philadelphia row house collapses in three-alarm fire," 19 Dec. 2019 Giple said recent months have been devoted to planning the conversion from Love Handle and to meeting with leaders of the Rivoli Park neighborhood. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Award-winning 18th Street Brewery confirms plans for Indianapolis site," 17 Dec. 2019 In 1921 a white mob burned much of the Tulsa neighborhood to the ground, and some say as many as 300 black residents were killed. CBS News, "Possible mass grave from 1921 Tulsa race massacre found: "For decades it was hush hush"," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of neighborhood

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Neighborhood.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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