[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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[en-vahy-ruhn, -vahy-ern]
verb (used with object)
to form a circle or ring round; surround; envelop: a house environed by pleasant grounds; to be environed by bad influences.

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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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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Example sentences
The health effects of poor quality coal can cause numerous respiratory issues
  in environs near a coal plant.
Such can be perpetrated in families and/or derelict social environs.
Most of my peers in the suburban environs were probably eligible.
With its local merchants frantically ringing up their cash registers as hordes
  of tourists invaded their environs.
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