- 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
- to form a circle or ring round; surround; envelop: a house environed by pleasant grounds; to be environed by bad influences.
Origin of environ
Examples from the Web for environs
The American one, filmed in Los Angeles and its environs, is much more swish and Bravo-y.Watching Us, Watching Them: On ‘The People’s Couch’
March 20, 2014
The city and its environs are where lasagna, tortellini, and Bolognese sauce—not to mention bologna—originated.Italy Plans a Disneyland for Foodies
Barbie Latza Nadeau
March 16, 2014
A source told The Sun newspaper: 'Officially the crime scene is the chateau and its environs.Were Kate Pics An 'Inside Job'?
September 24, 2012
Critics thought the installation was an indictment of the lack of freedom in such Soviet environs.Is This Anti-Soviet Art?
October 22, 2011
Aftershocks continue to rattle Sendai and its environs, including a 6.9-magnitude temblor on Sunday.Japan's Nuclear Meltdown Fears
March 12, 2011
When last seen, the environs of the works were filled with violence and uproar.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
Now, there are dozens of catacombs; the environs of Rome are honeycombed with them.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Perhaps he had risen early, and had gone on some excursion in the environs.Fruitfulness
There was not one in the town, or its environs, who did not praise her for this virtue.The Autobiography of Madame Guyon
Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
Boston with its environs and the interior counties were opposed to the embargo.Union and Democracy
- a surrounding area or region, esp the suburbs or outskirts of a town or city; vicinity
- (tr) to encircle or surround
Word Origin and History for environs
"outskirts," 1660s, from French environs, plural of Old French environ "compass, circuit," from environ (adv.) "around, round about" (see environ).