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vicinity Line breaks: vicin|ity
Pronunciation: /vɪˈsɪnɪti/

Definition of vicinity in English:

noun (plural vicinities)

1The area near or surrounding a particular place: the number of people living in the immediate vicinity was small
More example sentences
  • It was a point worth bearing in mind, and so was the way in which the local communities kept the high road cleared of snow in their vicinities.
  • The few hospitals still standing in the vicinities were destroyed, from the inside.
  • After 1660, vines were planted in Kursk, Tambov, and in the vicinities of Tula and Moscow.
Synonyms
informal this neck of the woods
technical locus
rare vicinage
1.1 [mass noun] archaic Proximity in space or relationship: the abundance and vicinity of country seats
Synonyms
accessibility, handiness
rare contiguity, contiguousness, vicinage

Origin

Mid 16th century (in the sense 'proximity'): from Latin vicinitas, from vicinus 'neighbour'.

Words that rhyme with vicinity

affinity, asininity, clandestinity, divinity, femininity, infinity, masculinity, salinity, trinity, virginity

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