vic·​i·​nage ˈvi-sə-nij How to pronounce vicinage (audio)
: a neighboring or surrounding district : vicinity

Examples of vicinage in a Sentence

potential jurors were to be drawn from the vicinage in which the crime occurred
Recent Examples on the Web Of the 28 judgeships in vicinage 15, which is made up of Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties, there are nine vacancies. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 7 Feb. 2023

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Word History


Middle English vesinage, from Anglo-French veisinage, from neighboring, from Vulgar Latin *vecinus, alteration of Latin vicinus

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vicinage was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Vicinage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition


vic·​i·​nage ˈvis-ᵊn-ij How to pronounce vicinage (audio)
: a particular vicinity or district: as
: the district in which a crime takes place and from which the accused is entitled to have an impartial jury selected as required by the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
in the civil law of Louisiana : the neighborhood in which one is obligated not to cause material injury to others (as by a nuisance) in the free exercise of rights of ownership in immovable property
these obligations of vicinage are legal servitudes imposed on the owner of propertyRodrigue v. Copeland, 475 So. 2d 1071 (1985)

Anglo-French veisinage neighborhood, from veisin neighboring, from Old French, from Latin vicinus

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