neigh·​bor·​hood | \ ˈnā-bər-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce neighborhood (audio) \

Definition of neighborhood

1 : neighborly relationship … a closer feeling of brotherhood, a more efficient sense of neighborhood— Nathaniel Hawthorne
2 : the quality or state of being neighbors : proximity … refugees from the country, driven by fear or the neighborhood of armies.— F. L. Paxson
3a : a place or region near : vicinity traveled to a place somewhere in the neighborhood of that city
b : an approximate amount, extent, or degree cost in the neighborhood of $100
4a : the people living near one another The whole neighborhood heard about it.
b : a section lived in by neighbors and usually having distinguishing characteristics lived in a quiet neighborhood
5 : the set (see set entry 2 sense 21) of all points belonging to a given set whose distances from a given point are less than a given positive (see positive entry 1 sense 4e) number broadly : a set that contains a neighborhood

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Examples of neighborhood in a Sentence

They bought a house in a beautiful neighborhood. The whole neighborhood heard about it.
Recent Examples on the Web First stop was Red Iguana for some Mexican food, then a tour of his old neighborhood and a stroll through City Creek Park. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 May 2022 Selena Gomez and Melissa Villaseñor teamed up for another hilarious sketch as two women of Mexican descent hosting a talk show about their neighborhood of Pico Rivera, called A Peek At Pico. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 16 May 2022 Eventually, Pipkin acquired a truck and a couple of employees and ran his business in his Blue Hills neighborhood. Ted Glanzer, Hartford Courant, 16 May 2022 Enclosed in glass, the apartment has 360-degree views of the neighborhood and roughly 3,000 square feet of outdoor space, including wraparound terraces and a private rooftop garden. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, 19 May 2022 The co-owner of a beloved Filipino restaurant in Oakland was shot and killed Wednesday night, jolting residents of his Fruitvale neighborhood and prompting an outpouring of grief from the Bay Area food scene. Jessica Flores, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 May 2022 Feeling unprotected in their own neighborhood by government leaders and law enforcement, conversations about guns are quietly occurring among family, friends and neighbors. Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2022 In Buffalo, the community of Black residents had fought to get a supermarket in their neighborhood. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, 18 May 2022 Harris Stanfield, who started working for Tops in December, said her job was her way to give back to her neighborhood. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 18 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of neighborhood

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 May 2022

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“Neighborhood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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neigh·​bor·​hood | \ ˈnā-bər-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce neighborhood (audio) \

Kids Definition of neighborhood

1 : a residential section of a city They are building a house in our neighborhood.
2 : the people living near one another
3 : a place or region near : vicinity
4 : an amount, size, or range that is close to It cost in the neighborhood of ten dollars.

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