Definition of vicinity in English:



  • 1The area near or surrounding a particular place.

    ‘the number of people living in the immediate vicinity was small’
    • ‘There was no one on the street in that vicinity and they met only three cars on the way back to the motel.’
    • ‘After 1660, vines were planted in Kursk, Tambov, and in the vicinities of Tula and Moscow.’
    • ‘The area has been cordoned off and people living in the vicinity of the house have been evacuated to safety.’
    • ‘It was a point worth bearing in mind, and so was the way in which the local communities kept the high road cleared of snow in their vicinities.’
    • ‘The few hospitals still standing in the vicinities were destroyed, from the inside.’
    • ‘Attacks have taken place in the camp's vicinity on six other occasions since April.’
    • ‘When he started a family and bought a place to live, it was in that same general vicinity.’
    • ‘In fact, not only was Kim not at the door for me, she wasn't even in my relative vicinity.’
    • ‘Smokers can ‘keep to themselves’ and non smokers have no reason to be in the vicinity of a smoke zone.’
    • ‘Were they flying surveillance at the time that this vessel may have been in that vicinity?’
    • ‘There was concern for a swan and her five cygnets in the vicinity of the contaminated area.’
    • ‘Much of the wealth he accumulated was invested in real estate in numerous rural areas in the vicinity of Lynn.’
    • ‘This is very evident in the red colouration of the rock in this vicinity.’
    • ‘We have never had an objection to a planning application from local residents in this vicinity.’
    • ‘The hill in the vicinity of the graveyard has been the subject of much complaint.’
    • ‘He declined to leave his roots on St. Helena Island, and remained in that vicinity throughout his life.’
    • ‘Any suggestions on what to do for four hours in that vicinity will be appreciated.’
    • ‘With the above example in mind, let us take a cursory view of Egg Mountain and vicinity.’
    • ‘Black kites were sampled in and around the Doñana National Park, in the vicinity of the contaminated area.’
    • ‘Everyone will be welcome but a special welcome to all those who are new to the town and vicinity.’
    surrounding district, surrounding area, neighbourhood, locality, locale, local area, area, district, region, quarter, sector, territory, domain, place, zone
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    1. 1.1archaic mass noun Proximity in space or relationship.
      ‘the abundance and vicinity of country seats’
      nearness, closeness, proximity, propinquity, adjacency, juxtaposition
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Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘proximity’): from Latin vicinitas, from vicinus ‘neighbour’.