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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Any journey to East Tennessee should begin among the soaring stone cliffs of the Bluff View Art District, a pretty and trendy neighborhood perched high above the banks of the Tennessee River. Mary Ann Anderson,, "Old-fashioned road trip leads to East Tennessee culinary gems," 30 Aug. 2019 Several residents of the Museum Park neighborhood spoke in opposition to the project at the city's July 25 planning commission meeting. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "Residential tower proposed for Museum District stalls," 30 Aug. 2019 In the Tenderloin — one of the deadliest neighborhoods for traffic fatalities — police wrote only three citations in the first six months of the year. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: Hailing a ride to the California ballot," 30 Aug. 2019 With its uniquely diverse mix of cultures and constantly evolving array of neighborhoods, there is good reason to skip the beach and explore other parts of this extremely diverse metropolitan city. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Inside The Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami's Hub For Arts and Culture," 28 Aug. 2019 Like much of the surrounding neighborhood, there is a fair amount of age to the building housing Crescent Hill Craft House. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "40 craft beers and a vegetarian-friendly menu make Crescent Hill Craft House stand out," 28 Aug. 2019 Each of those folks gives tirelessly for the greater good of the neighborhood. Priscella Vega, Daily Pilot, "After 3-year run on H.B.’s Main Street, Legends Sports Bar set to close, be replaced by Surf City Ale House," 28 Aug. 2019 Northwest Side CDC has been involved in ongoing redevelopment projects in some of Milwaukee's more impoverished neighborhoods. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Howard Snyder founded Northwest Side Community Development Corp. in 1983. He retires at year's end.," 27 Aug. 2019 There was a push-pull between loyalty to the ethnicity of the neighborhood and loyalty to the United States. Jon Wertheim,, "How the Influence of Al Davis Shaped the Modern NFL," 27 Aug. 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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