noun, plural vi·cin·i·ties.

the area or region near or about a place; surrounding district; neighborhood: There are no stores in the vicinity of our house.
state or fact of being near; proximity; propinquity: He was troubled by the vicinity of the nuclear testing area.

Nearby words

  1. vichy water,
  2. vichyite,
  3. vichyssoise,
  4. vicinage,
  5. vicinal,
  6. vicious,
  7. vicious circle,
  8. viciously,
  9. vicissitude,
  10. vicissitudes

Origin of vicinity

1550–60; < Latin vīcīnitās, equivalent to vīcīn(us) near (vīc(us) wick3, neighborhood + -īnus -ine1) + -itās -ity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vicinity


noun plural -ties

a surrounding, adjacent, or nearby area; neighbourhood
the fact or condition of being close in space or relationship

Word Origin for vicinity

C16: from Latin vīcīnitās, from vīcīnus neighbouring, from vīcus village

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Word Origin and History for vicinity



1560, "nearness in place," from Latin vicinitas "of or pertaining to neighbors or a neighborhood," from vicinus "neighbor, neighboring," from vicus "group of houses, village," related to the -wick, -wich in English place names, from PIE *weik- (see villa). Meaning "surrounding district" is first attested 1796.

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