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[vi-sin-i-tee] /vɪˈsɪn ɪ ti/
noun, plural vicinities.
the area or region near or about a place; surrounding district; neighborhood:
There are no stores in the vicinity of our house.
state or fact of being near; proximity; propinquity:
He was troubled by the vicinity of the nuclear testing area.
Origin of vicinity
1550-60; < Latin vīcīnitās, equivalent to vīcīn(us) near (vīc(us) wick3, neighborhood + -īnus -ine1) + -itās -ity Unabridged
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  • This was not exhumed from Sikyatki, but was said to have been found in the vicinity of that ruin.

  • In height he was about five feet ten inches; and in age, somewhere in the vicinity of thirty.

    Ridgeway Scian Dubh
  • He owned property in that vicinity; he also represented certain other ranchers.

    Desert Conquest A. M. Chisholm
  • None of the strongholds are proof against Irish sympathizers, in their vicinity.

    Ridgeway Scian Dubh
  • It was in this vicinity that Vancouver first encountered "split-lipped" ladies.

    Alaska Ella Higginson
British Dictionary definitions for vicinity


noun (pl) -ties
a surrounding, adjacent, or nearby area; neighbourhood
the fact or condition of being close in space or relationship
Word Origin
C16: from Latin vīcīnitās, from vīcīnus neighbouring, from vīcus village
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Word Origin and History for vicinity

1560, "nearness in place," from Latin vicinitas "of or pertaining to neighbors or a neighborhood," from vicinus "neighbor, neighboring," from vicus "group of houses, village," related to the -wick, -wich in English place names, from PIE *weik- (see villa). Meaning "surrounding district" is first attested 1796.

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