something that surrounds.
surroundings, environing things, circumstances, conditions, etc.; environment: He was too sick to be aware of his surroundings.
the act of encircling or enclosing.


enclosing or encircling.
being the environment or adjacent area.

Nearby words

  1. surrogate,
  2. surrogate mother,
  3. surround,
  4. surround sound,
  5. surround theater,
  6. surroundings,
  7. sursum corda,
  8. sursumduction,
  9. sursumvergence,
  10. sursumversion

Origin of surrounding

1400–50; late Middle English: inundation; see surround, -ing1, -ing2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for surroundings


pl n

the conditions, scenery, etc, around a person, place, or thing; environment
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Word Origin and History for surroundings



"environment," 1861, from surround (v.).

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