vicinity

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noun vi·cin·i·ty \və-ˈsi-nə-tē\

Definition of vicinity

plural

vicinities

  1. 1 :  a surrounding area or district :  neighborhood

  2. 2 :  neighborhood 3b

  3. 3 :  the quality or state of being near :  proximity

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Examples of vicinity in a Sentence

  1. there are no hotels in the vicinity of the hospital

  2. the vicinity of the town's only elementary school was one reason why the young couple bought the house

Recent Examples of vicinity from the Web

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Vicinity has its origins in the idea of neighborliness - it was borrowed into English in the 16th century from Middle French vicinité, which in turn derives from the Latin adjective vicinus, meaning "neighboring." "Vicinus" itself can be traced back to the noun vicus, meaning "row of houses or "village," and ultimately all the way back to the same ancient word that gave Gothic, Old Church Slavic, and Greek words for "house." Other descendants of "vicinus" in English include "vicinal" ("local" or "of, relating to, or substituted in adjacent sites in a molecule") and "vicinage," a synonym of "vicinity" in the sense of "a neighboring or surrounding district."

Origin and Etymology of vicinity

Middle French vicinité, from Latin vicinitat-, vicinitas, from vicinus neighboring, from vicus row of houses, village; akin to Goth weihs village, Old Church Slavonic vĭsĭ, Greek oikos, oikia house


First Known Use: 1560



VICINITY Defined for English Language Learners

vicinity

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Definition of vicinity for English Language Learners

  • : the area around or near a particular place


VICINITY Defined for Kids

vicinity

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noun vi·cin·i·ty \və-ˈsi-nə-tē\

Definition of vicinity for Students

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vicinities

  1. 1 :  a surrounding area :  neighborhood There is a school in the vicinity.

  2. 2 :  the state of being close It cost in the vicinity of 500 dollars.



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