Vicinity is the area and the things that are nearby.
An example of vicinity is the four-block range surrounding a home, and all the stores and things within that four-block range.
- the state of being near or close by; nearness; proximity: two theaters in close vicinity
- pl. -·ties the region or area surrounding a particular place; neighborhood
Origin of vicinityClassical Latin vicinitas from vicinus, near from vicus, group of houses, village: see eco-
in the vicinity of
- near; close to (a place)
- about; approximately (the amount, etc. specified)
- The state of being near in space or relationship; proximity: two restaurants in close vicinity.
- A nearby, surrounding, or adjoining region; a neighborhood.
- An approximate degree or amount: houses priced in the vicinity of $200,000.
Origin of vicinityLatin vīcīnitās from vīcīnus neighboring from vīcus neighborhood ; see weik-1 in Indo-European roots.
- Proximity, or the state of being near.
- There was a crackling sound in the vicinity of my right ear.
- 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 8, The Celebrity:
- The humor of my proposition appealed more strongly to Miss Trevor than I had looked for, and from that time forward she became her old self again; [...] . Our table in the dining-room became again the abode of scintillating wit and caustic repartee, Farrar bracing up to his old standard, and the demand for seats in the vicinity rose to an animated competition.
- Neighbourhood, or the nearby region.
- There is a hurricane in the vicinity of the Bahamas.
- Approximate size or amount.
- I weigh in the vicinity of 80kg.