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[vis-uh-nij] /ˈvɪs ə nɪdʒ/
the region near or about a place; vicinity.
a particular neighborhood or district, or the people belonging to it.
Origin of vicinage
1275-1325; < Latin vīcīn(us) near (see vicinity) + -age; replacing Middle English vesinage < Middle French < Latin, as above Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Beside, it is the vicinage of the most considerable gold-mines on all Borneo.

  • It is communicated from one person to another by vicinage or by contact.

    Mysterious Psychic Forces Camille Flammarion
  • Not so the vicinage of an open receptacle for the waste of human indigestion.

    The New Glutton or Epicure Horace Fletcher
  • These were to be of his vicinage, but not bound to him by the tie whether of blood or marriage.

  • Who has not seen, the sedate ogema in such a vicinage, smoking a dignified pipe with senatorial ease.

    The Indian in his Wigwam Henry R. Schoolcraft
  • The servants of the vicinage are all on confidential terms with Mathew Mizzle; and—have you not noted the fact?

  • That the whipper-snappers of the vicinage should indulge their propensities comes as the order of their nature.

    Marse Henry (Vol. 1) Henry Watterson
  • It was as still as a church on a week-day: the pattering rain on the forest leaves was the only sound audible in its vicinage.

    Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
  • He pioneered the ancestors of almost every family in this vicinage to this place.

    The Memories of Fifty Years William H. Sparks
  • After many days of wolfish travel he saw signs of the vicinage of the Shoshone Indians.

    The Way of an Indian Frederic Remington
British Dictionary definitions for vicinage


noun (rare)
the residents of a particular neighbourhood
a less common word for vicinity
Word Origin
C14: from Old French vicenage, from vicin neighbouring, from Latin vīcīnus; see vicinity
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