Definition of vicinage in English:



  • another term for vicinity
    • ‘Petty jurors too needed to come from the vicinage of the crime and be ‘neighbours’ of the parties.’
    • ‘So far, my unofficial and incomplete survey about this program in a mere handful of vicinages has lead me to conclude that judges have been slow to take advantage of it.’
    • ‘To fulfill the vicinage provision, jurors would have to be from the portion of the park in Idaho, since naturally no other parts of the state are in Wyoming's judicial district.’
    • ‘However, the state is divided into three vicinages, with designated counties for each vicinage, as follows.’
    • ‘New Jerseyís sole federal judicial district comprises three vicinages located in Newark, Trenton and Camden’
    • ‘Indeed, many municipalities and judicial vicinages in New Jersey have already put similar programs in place for dealing with neighborhood disputes, small claims matters and petty criminal offenses.’
    • ‘The study focused on effects of innovative approaches to speedy trial requirements developed in two New Jersey Superior Court vicinages.’
    • ‘‘The Essex County vicinage is the busiest court system in New Jersey and one of the twenty busiest vicinages in the United States,’ said Sheriff Fontoura.’
    • ‘Mr. Dominico respectfully informs the ladies and gentlemen of Washington, Georgetown, and their vicinages, that every exertion shall be used to render his performance entertaining.’
    • ‘In New Jersey, there are 15 vicinages and 21 counties.’
    • ‘He and his staff oversee three offices and file well over 500 consumer bankruptcy cases per year in all three New Jersey vicinages.’
    • ‘Our firm has attorneys who are currently assigned in one or more vicinages, including: Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, and Somerset.’
    • ‘With the advent of the vicinages and the Governors, his rule became more of a titular one, though he still commanded a great deal of support from the people at large.’


Middle English: from Old French vis(e)nage, from an alteration of Latin vicinus ‘neighbour’.