vic·​i·​nage | \ ˈvi-sə-nij How to pronounce vicinage (audio) , ˈvis-nij \

Definition of vicinage

: a neighboring or surrounding district : vicinity

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Examples of vicinage in a Sentence

potential jurors were to be drawn from the vicinage in which the crime occurred

First Known Use of vicinage

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vicinage

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

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

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“Vicinage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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vic·​i·​nage | \ ˈvis-ᵊn-ij How to pronounce vicinage (audio) \

Legal Definition of vicinage

: a particular vicinity or district: as
a : 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
b 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)

History and Etymology for vicinage

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

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