plural noun

en·​vi·​rons in-ˈvī-rənz How to pronounce environs (audio) -ˈvī(-ə)rnz How to pronounce environs (audio)
: the districts around a city
: an adjoining region or space : vicinity

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The interior environs are sportier than the standard Benz models, though, as the AMG versions come with sport seats with red contrasting stitching, a sport steering wheel, red seatbelts, and aluminum accents. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 1 Feb. 2023 But Kapoor’s love for these oddballs and their environs is consistently infectious. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 2 Dec. 2022 The beach environs is a reset of the yearslong Hyde Park event. Darcel Rockett, Chicago Tribune, 14 July 2022 For three hours, Cohen held court and mingled with about 450 baseball fans, neighbors and community activists to talk about turning the environs around Citi Field into a year-round, all-weather entertainment destination. Gregory Korte, Fortune, 8 Jan. 2023 Beckham is clearly a celebrity befitting the LA environs. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 9 Nov. 2022 The offerings are perfectly paired with the transportive environs. William Li, Town & Country, 8 July 2022 The holidays spark still more dazzle in this high alpine village, a time when outdoor adventures are complemented by toast-worthy gatherings within toasty environs. Dallas News, 15 Dec. 2022 The Flames could be overmatched here, but Hugh Freeze is familiar with the SEC and with coaching in its hostile environs. USA TODAY, 5 Nov. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'environs.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History

First Known Use

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of environs was in 1665

Dictionary Entries Near environs

Cite this Entry

“Environs.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/environs. Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


noun plural
en·​vi·​rons in-ˈvī-rənz How to pronounce environs (audio) -ˈvī(-ə)rnz How to pronounce environs (audio)
: the districts around a city

More from Merriam-Webster on environs

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Which Came First?

  • baby chick with a brown egg
  • hot take or cold shoulder?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?