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environs

[ en-vahy-ruhnz, -vahy-ernz, en-ver-uhnz, -vahy-ernz ]
/ ɛnˈvaɪ rənz, -ˈvaɪ ərnz, ˈɛn vər ənz, -vaɪ ərnz /
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plural noun

the surrounding parts or districts, as of a city; outskirts; suburbs.
surrounding objects; surroundings; environment.
an area or space close by; vicinity.

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Origin of environs

1655–65; <French (plural); replacing Middle English environ<Old French, noun use of environ around; see environ
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environs
/ (ɪnˈvaɪrənz) /

pl n

a surrounding area or region, esp the suburbs or outskirts of a town or city; vicinity
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