December 22, 2017
vicinity (noun)
\vuh-SIN-uh-tee\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a surrounding area or district
How do you use it?
The Ecology Club held a clean-up event at which they picked up all the litter in the vicinity of the school.
Are you a word wiz?

Which one of these sentences do you think uses "vicinity" correctly?

You're in the right neighborhood if you picked D. Sentences A, B, and C use "vicinity" in ways that don't make sense, but sentence D correctly uses "vicinity" to mean "a surrounding area." Knowing the history of "vicinity" might help you to remember how to use it right. "Vicinity" came into English from French, but it traces all the way back to the Latin word "vicinus," meaning "neighboring." "Vicinus" derives from the Latin noun "vicus," meaning "row of houses" or "village." Not only do "vicinity" and "village" sound alike, they may also be distantly related.
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