Definition of neighbourhood in English:


(US neighborhood)


  • 1A district or community within a town or city.

    ‘she lived in a wealthy neighbourhood of Boston’
    • ‘The individuals communicate only within their neighborhood.’
    • ‘Though it is rarely discussed, few argue that the poor and oppressed have the political capital necessary to compete for the federal funding and social programs that often go to wealthier cities and neighbourhoods.’
    • ‘The schemes aim to find new ways of managing the settlement of migrants in the city, helping faith groups to build relationships within their neighbourhoods and finding ways for community arts to improve residents' lives.’
    • ‘At the same time gay communities were forming in neighborhoods in the large cities with a burgeoning culture of bars, organizations, and newspapers.’
    • ‘These towns, like neighborhoods in large cities, may be homogeneous; however, the states are not.’
    • ‘Day-to-day life is, for the most part, life lived within a particular neighbourhood, set of neighbourhoods, city, or urban region.’
    • ‘Different classes of people have long sorted themselves into neighborhoods within a city or region.’
    • ‘Most neighborhoods in cities and towns across the country have their own assembly.’
    • ‘Spanish pueblos, from hamlets to large cities, and many neighborhoods within population centers, all have patron saints each of whose days occasions a public festival, or fiesta.’
    • ‘The network also works at educating the public through visiting schools, canvassing neighbourhoods, attending community events, and more.’
    • ‘On the other hand, Northern Ireland is inhabited by only about 1.7 million people, distributed among close-knit urban neighborhoods and rural communities.’
    • ‘Could you talk a bit about the role of community arts in the community - the neighborhood or the city as a whole?’
    • ‘These extend to minor league stadiums as well, which shows off some of the non-glamorous locations of other parks, such as those within neighborhoods or other cities.’
    • ‘Their role will be complementary to police officers, but the main aim is to offer a reassurance to the public and tackle the kind of anti-social behaviour that is dragging down so many neighbourhoods, towns and cities.’
    • ‘The new independents movement is alive and kicking in small towns and in the neighborhoods of big cities, where storefronts are joining the battle.’
    • ‘The Chinese nationals were arrested in subsequent police raids in a wealthy neighborhood of Quezon City near the drug laboratory, it said.’
    • ‘Congregations who welcome and affirm persons with special needs help set an expectation of acceptance within the neighborhood and community.’
    • ‘This is because they are within wealthy neighbourhoods and do not feature among the government's priority areas in need of grant aid and social care support.’
    • ‘As well, family units sit within a neighbourhood and wider community of other families that identify with a common cause, that of a decent life with those we love.’
    • ‘Books were distributed in communities and neighbourhoods, and to family members and friends.’
    district, area, locality, locale, quarter, community, part, region, zone
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    1. 1.1The area surrounding a particular place, person, or object.
      ‘he was reluctant to leave the neighbourhood of London’
      • ‘The Dashwood women continue looking for an affordable house in the neighborhood surrounding Norland.’
      • ‘Wait a while and a map of west London will open up showing the precise location of the shot and all the other photos taken in the surrounding neighbourhood.’
      • ‘Ottawa has shown it has considered the question about the neighbourhood surrounding Iraq no more than it has given any thought to the question inside Iraq.’
      • ‘The neighbourhood surrounding the Medical Academy was the biggest surprise as transactions there were few.’
      vicinity, surrounding area, surrounding district, environs, purlieus, precincts, proximity
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    2. 1.2[mass noun]Neighbourly feeling or conduct.
      ‘the importance of neighbourhood to old people’
      • ‘Both sets of protagonists are torn between the American Dream of fame and fortune and the more comfortable pull to stay true to your station in life and neighbourhood.’
      • ‘Social interactions based on neighbourhood have been deteriorating for decades - particularly in highly transitory urban areas.’
  • 2Mathematics
    The set of points whose distance from a given point is less than (or less than or equal to) some value.

    • ‘A few years later in 1914 Hausdorff defined neighbourhoods by four axioms so again there were no metric considerations.’


  • in the neighbourhood of

    • Approximately; about.

      ‘the cost would be in the neighbourhood of three billion dollars’
      • ‘I would expect now to see long-term returns run somewhat higher, in the neighbourhood of 7% after costs.’
      • ‘Yeah, at this point, obviously, I think that they have had him now for somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 days, roughly.’
      • ‘It will cost in the neighborhood of $750 million to put up new facilities to replace the Charity and University Hospitals.’
      • ‘A typical study takes four to six weeks to do properly, and costs in the neighborhood of $50,000 to $100,000.’
      • ‘The cost for this should run in the neighbourhood of $160 to $200 thousand, which is about the same amount that pouring the floor would have cost.’
      • ‘The cost of the clean-up will be in the neighbourhood of $14,000.’
      • ‘Renting an allocated server would cost in the neighborhood of $200 a month (a considerable step up from the current $5).’
      • ‘A formal focus group session with average voters can cost in the neighborhood of $4,000-5,000.’
      • ‘Most hospital treatments cost in the neighborhood of $500.’
      • ‘The machine should cost in the neighbourhood of $5,000 - $7,000.’
      approximately, about, around, roughly, in the region of, of the order of, not far off, nearly, almost, close to, just about, practically, more or less, or so, there or thereabouts, as near as dammit to
      getting on for
      in the ballpark of
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