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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. A surrounding area, especially of a city.
  • n.pl. Surroundings; environment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The surroundings; the environment.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of environ.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. The parts or places which surround another place, or lie in its neighborhood; suburbs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Places lying circumjacent; surrounding parts or localities: as, the environs of a city or town.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the area in which something exists or lives
  • n. an outer adjacent area of any place

Etymologies

French, from Old French, pl. of environ, circuit, from environ, round about; see environ.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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