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[ ney-ber-hood ]


  1. 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.

  2. a district or locality, often with reference to its character or inhabitants:

    a fashionable neighborhood; to move to a nicer neighborhood.

    Synonyms: vicinity, locale, area, community

  3. a number of persons living near one another or in a particular locality:

    The whole neighborhood was there.

  4. neighborly feeling or conduct.
  5. nearness; proximity:

    to sense the neighborhood of trouble.

  6. Mathematics. an open set that contains a given point.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of neighborhood1

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

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. in the neighborhood of, approximately; nearly; about:

    She looks to be in the neighborhood of 70.

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Example Sentences

These days, being a “Noma alum doing your own thing” is almost a cliche, but Puglisi was the first when he opened Relæ in 2010 in the residential neighborhood of Nørrebro.

From Eater

Those leaders, in turn, can uplift communities, right societal wrongs, build wealth for historically disenfranchised neighborhoods, and create quality jobs.

From Fortune

Technically, the Set is both, and it’s become my do-everything pair, from running in the neighborhood to knocking out upriver miles on the paddleboard.

So whether you’re new to the sport or have been biking for years, your assignment this week is to go for a neighborhood ride, tackle some singletrack, or simply teach your kid how to ride a bike.

A decade after kind-hearted billionaires like Charles and David Koch, Betsy Devos and John Walton have carved out niches for school choice, I have seen schools open and close in my neighborhood.

A car mechanic who goes by the name “Big Perm” said he noticed a change in the neighborhood.

Does all this mean that a robo-Jurassic Park is coming soon to a neighborhood near you?

Somebody had hung an American flag and people of the neighborhood had placed bouquets and candles.

That was standard operating procedure in the neighborhood at the time.

“It devolved from a very poor neighborhood to a very lawless one,” says Randall, who is refreshingly unsentimental.

And he was inclined to believe that it was Grandfather Mole that was to blame for the scarcity of worms in the neighborhood.

And Flora devoutly kissed her, then gossipped pleasantly about the other guests and the people in the neighborhood.

But the house will rarely be empty now that the shooting has begun, and there is always something going on in the neighborhood.

One would have thought that half the dogs in the neighborhood had relatives coming from Columbia.

He talked a good deal on various topics, a little politics, some city news and neighborhood gossip.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.




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