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Examples of vicinity in a Sentence
there are no hotels in the vicinity of the hospital
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
The drill was designed to teach outfielders to react quickly to rapid-fire singles in their immediate vicinity.
In the 1970s, founders of the Independent Living Movement in Berkeley, California, established a wheelchair route through the University of California campus and its vicinity.
Perhaps something unusual was happening in the vicinity that caused Allosaurus to congregate.
The shooting is the third in the vicinity since Sunday, though the others were the result of street violence.
Rip currents most often occur at low tide at depressions or breaks in a sandar, as well as in the vicinity of jetties and piers.
The terms of his parole prohibited him from having contact with juveniles or being in the vicinity of places that attract children, including playgrounds, schools, parks and movie theaters.
That said, the roads in the vicinity of the Boys’ Home are less than ideal, so this topic needs attention.
Wisconsin Department of Transportation officials said all lanes of the major highway in the vicinity were closed in both directions near the plant Power outages were reported:
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Did You Know?
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: 1560See Words from the same year
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Definition of vicinity for English Language Learners
: the area around or near a particular place
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