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environs

[en-vahy-ruh nz, -vahy-ernz, en-ver-uh nz, -vahy-ernz] /ɛnˈvaɪ rənz, -ˈvaɪ ərnz, ˈɛn vər ənz, -vaɪ ərnz/
plural noun
1.
the surrounding parts or districts, as of a city; outskirts; suburbs.
2.
surrounding objects; surroundings; environment.
3.
an area or space close by; vicinity.
Origin of environs
1655-1665
1655-65; < French (plural); replacing Middle English environ < Old French, noun use of environ around; see environ

environ

[en-vahy-ruh n, -vahy-ern] /ɛnˈvaɪ rən, -ˈvaɪ ərn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to form a circle or ring round; surround; envelop:
a house environed by pleasant grounds; to be environed by bad influences.
Origin
1300-50; Middle English envirounen < Old French environner, derivative of environ around (en en-1 + viron a circle; vir(er) to turn, veer1 + -on noun suffix)
Related forms
unenvironed, adjective
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environs

/ɪnˈvaɪrənz/
plural noun
1.
a surrounding area or region, esp the suburbs or outskirts of a town or city; vicinity

environ

/ɪnˈvaɪrən/
verb
1.
(transitive) to encircle or surround
Word Origin
C14: from Old French environner to surround, from environ around, from en-1 + viron a circle, from virer to turn, veer1
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Word Origin and History for environs
n.

"outskirts," 1660s, from French environs, plural of Old French environ "compass, circuit," from environ (adv.) "around, round about" (see environ).

environ

v.

late 14c. (implied in environing), "to surround," from Old French environer "to surround, enclose, encircle," from environ "round about," from en- "in" (see en- (1)) + viron "circle, circuit," from virer "to turn" (see veer). Related: Environed.

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