[en-vahy-ruh n, -vahy-ern]
- to form a circle or ring round; surround; envelop: a house environed by pleasant grounds; to be environed by bad influences.
Origin of environ
[en-vahy-ruh nz, -vahy-ernz, en-ver-uh nz, -vahy-ernz]
- the surrounding parts or districts, as of a city; outskirts; suburbs.
- surrounding objects; surroundings; environment.
- an area or space close by; vicinity.
Origin of environs
1655–65; < French (plural); replacing Middle English environ < Old French, noun use of environ around; see environ
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Examples from the Web for environ
The iron-gray hair is white as the snow on the mountain-tops that environ him.Shadows of Shasta
You will readily see the dangers which would then environ us.
By the way, did Butler borrow this 'iron' and 'environ' rhyme from Cleveland?Minor Poets of the Caroline Period, Vol III
And there be many in that country, that have their nails so long, that they environ all the hand.The Travels of Sir John Mandeville
It is prevented from doing this by the popular trammels which environ it.Nature and Culture
- (tr) to encircle or surround
C14: from Old French environner to surround, from environ around, from en- 1 + viron a circle, from virer to turn, veer 1
- a surrounding area or region, esp the suburbs or outskirts of a town or city; vicinity
Word Origin and History for environ
"outskirts," 1660s, from French environs, plural of Old French environ "compass, circuit," from environ (adv.) "around, round about" (see environ).
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