the area or region around or near some place or thing; vicinity: the kids of the neighborhood; located in the neighborhood of Jackson and Vine streets.
a district or locality, often with reference to its character or inhabitants: a fashionable neighborhood; to move to a nicer neighborhood.
a number of persons living near one another or in a particular locality: The whole neighborhood was there.
neighborly feeling or conduct.
nearness; proximity: to sense the neighborhood of trouble.
Mathematics. an open set that contains a given point.


    in the neighborhood of, approximately; nearly; about: She looks to be in the neighborhood of 70.

Origin of neighborhood

First recorded in 1400–50, neighborhood is from the late Middle English word neighborehode. See neighbor, -hood

Synonyms for neighborhood Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for neighborhood

Contemporary Examples of neighborhood

Historical Examples of neighborhood

  • Like everything else in that neighborhood, it was covered with picture writing.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • I worried along, however, to get out of that neighborhood as soon as possible.

    Biography of a Slave

    Charles Thompson

  • What if it should be in this neighborhood, among these surroundings?

  • Then I hope you will be careful what houses you go into, for I hear the small-pox is in the neighborhood.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • But Joe's affair with Sidney had been the talk of the neighborhood.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

Word Origin and History for neighborhood

mid-15c., "neighborly conduct, friendliness," from neighbor (n.) + -hood. Modern sense of "community of people who live close together" is first recorded 1620s. Phrase in the neighborhood of meaning "near, somewhere about" is first recorded 1857, American English. The Old English word for "neighborhood" was neahdæl.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper