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[uh-join] /əˈdʒɔɪn/
verb (used with object)
to be close to or in contact with; abut on:
His property adjoins the lake.
to attach or append; affix.
verb (used without object)
to be in connection or contact:
the point where the estates adjoin.
Origin of adjoin
1275-1325; Middle English a(d)joinen < Middle French ajoindre. See ad-, join
Related forms
unadjoined, adjective
Can be confused
adjoin, adjourn. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for adjoined
Historical Examples
  • Our homes on Long Island adjoined and I handled most of his legal affairs.

  • It adjoined Whitefriars, and may be seen in the map to the west of Blackfriars.

    The History of London Walter Besant
  • She was standing before the mercer's booth in the chief street of the little town which adjoined her father's castle.

  • He left the room, and entered an elegant bed-chamber which adjoined it.

    City Crimes Greenhorn
  • Besides the farm on which he lived, he had another some miles away which adjoined a large demesne.

  • There was no one in the room, but from the one which adjoined it in the rear came the murmur of voices.

    The Film of Fear Arnold Fredericks
  • In the gathering dusk they could observe signs of activity about a hut that adjoined Wallas.

    Tom Fairfield at Sea Allen Chapman
  • I saw my father come from his room, which also adjoined the living-room.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • About three feet below her there was a fairly broad ledge, which adjoined a roof to the right.

    Loyal to the School Angela Brazil
  • This, it will be noted, was the portion that adjoined the burning structure.

    Ned in the Block-House Edward S. Ellis
British Dictionary definitions for adjoined


to be next to (an area of land, etc)
(transitive) foll by to. to join; affix or attach
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin adjungere, from ad- to + jungere to join
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Word Origin and History for adjoined



c.1300, "unite, ally" from Old French ajoin- stem of ajoindre "join together, unite," from Latin adjungere "fasten on, harness, join to," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + jungere "to bind together" (see jugular). Meaning "be contiguous with, be adjacent to" is from late 14c. Related: Adjoined; adjoining.

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