a. A limited region around a particular area; a vicinity.
b. A number of places situated near each other and considered as a group.
2. The residents of a particular neighborhood.
3. The state of living in a neighborhood; proximity.
[Middle English vesinage, from Old French, from vesin, neighboring, from Latin vīcīnus; see VICINITY.]
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