[en-vahy-ruhn, -vahy-ern]

1300–50; Middle English envirounen < Old French environner, derivative of environ around (en en-1 + viron a circle; vir(er) to turn, veer + -on noun suffix)

unenvironed, adjective
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[en-vahy-ruhnz, -vahy-ernz, en-ver-uhnz, -vahy-ernz]
plural noun
the surrounding parts or districts, as of a city; outskirts; suburbs.
surrounding objects; surroundings; environment.
an area or space close by; vicinity.

1655–65; < French (plural); replacing Middle English environ < Old French, noun use of environ around; see environ

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environ (ɪnˈvaɪrən)
(tr) to encircle or surround
[C14: from Old French environner to surround, from environ around, from en-1 + viron a circle, from virer to turn, veer1]

environs (ɪnˈvaɪrənz)
pl n
a surrounding area or region, esp the suburbs or outskirts of a town or city; vicinity

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Word Origin & History

1660s, from Fr. environs, pl. of O.Fr. environ "compass, circuit," from environ (adv.) "around," from en- "in" + viron "circle, circuit," from virer "to turn." Related: Environed.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. environment

  2. environmental

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Example sentences
So to say it harms the environ and call for its ban is plain ignorant.
Feel better, breathe easier, and enjoy a more pleasant and healthy environ- ment.
Environ mental impact statements may do no more, and are still worth the effort.
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