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vicinity

[vi-sin-i-tee]
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noun, plural vi·cin·i·ties.
  1. the area or region near or about a place; surrounding district; neighborhood: There are no stores in the vicinity of our house.
  2. state or fact of being near; proximity; propinquity: He was troubled by the vicinity of the nuclear testing area.

Origin of vicinity

1550–60; < Latin vīcīnitās, equivalent to vīcīn(us) near (vīc(us) wick3, neighborhood + -īnus -ine1) + -itās -ity
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vicinity

noun plural -ties
  1. a surrounding, adjacent, or nearby area; neighbourhood
  2. the fact or condition of being close in space or relationship

Word Origin

C16: from Latin vīcīnitās, from vīcīnus neighbouring, from vīcus village
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Word Origin and History for vicinity

n.

1560, "nearness in place," from Latin vicinitas "of or pertaining to neighbors or a neighborhood," from vicinus "neighbor, neighboring," from vicus "group of houses, village," related to the -wick, -wich in English place names, from PIE *weik- (see villa). Meaning "surrounding district" is first attested 1796.

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