neighborhood

noun neigh·bor·hood \ ˈnā-bər-ˌhu̇d \

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
3 a :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
4 a :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 2set 21) of all points belonging to a given set whose distances from a given point are less than a given positive (see 1positive 4e) number; broadly :a set that contains a neighborhood

Examples of neighborhood in a Sentence

  1. They bought a house in a beautiful neighborhood.

  2. The whole neighborhood heard about it.

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First Known Use of neighborhood

15th century

neighborhood Synonyms

Synonyms
matter, tune, vicinity
Related Words
ballpark; nearness, proximity


NEIGHBORHOOD Defined for English Language Learners

neighborhood

noun

Definition of neighborhood for English Language Learners

  • : a section of a town or city

  • : the people who live near each other


NEIGHBORHOOD Defined for Kids

neighborhood

noun neigh·bor·hood \ ˈnā-bər-ˌhu̇d \

Definition of neighborhood for Students

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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