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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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  • The vicinity is still agrarian, and breakfast eggs and fruit will have been delivered that morning by a local farmer.
  • Fearing that she might indeed attempt suicide, the aide gathered up all the firearms in the vicinity.
  • The right kidney is usually slightly lower than the left, probably on account of the vicinity of the liver.
  • Using the application a tourist can stroll through the streets of a city and view the names of the landmarks in the vicinity.
  • If you live in the immediate vicinity of the convention center, it's a safe bet that you'll find your cell service intermittent.
  • These cats can adapt to human habitats and are sometimes found in the vicinity of villages or other settlements.
  • Some of their buildings are historic sites today, although ranching is still practiced in the vicinity.
  • The blindness in the vicinity of the scintillating arc is usually more significant to me than any pain.
  • Eventually it brought them to the vicinity of the crash.
  • He expects the success of the ants to cut down the species diversity of the rodents in the vicinity of the feeders.
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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