Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A limited region around a particular area; a vicinity.
  • noun A number of places situated near each other and considered as a group.
  • noun The residents of a particular neighborhood.
  • noun The state of living in a neighborhood; proximity.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The place or places adjoining or near; neighborhood; vicinity.
  • noun The condition of being a neighbor or of being neighborly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The place or places adjoining or near; neighborhood; vicinity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A surrounding district; a neighbourhood.
  • noun The people of a neighbourhood.
  • noun The state of living near something; proximity, closeness.
  • noun UK, law the area where a crime was committed, a trial is being held, or the community from which jurors are drawn.

Etymologies

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

[Middle English vesinage, from Old French, from vesin, neighboring, from Latin vīcīnus; see vicinity.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French visenage, with reformation according to the original source, Latin vīcīnus ("neighbour").

Examples

  • This shows that vicinage is not taken seriously by lawyers or judges.

    The Perfect Crime

  • Trials, it said, “shall be by an impartial jury of freeholders of the vicinage, with the requisite of unanimity for conviction, of the right of challenge, and other accustomed requisites.”

    Ratification

  • Trials, it said, “shall be by an impartial jury of freeholders of the vicinage, with the requisite of unanimity for conviction, of the right of challenge, and other accustomed requisites.”

    Ratification

  • The Constitution assured that there would be jury trials in criminal cases, but even that provision raised concern because it failed to specify that the juries would be of the “vicinage.”

    Ratification

  • Joseph McDowell also said that none of the objections to Article III had been answered to his satisfaction, and trial by a jury of the vicinage or neighborhood, which the Constitution failed to secure in civil cases, “is one of the greatest securities for property.”

    Ratification

  • The Constitution assured that there would be jury trials in criminal cases, but even that provision raised concern because it failed to specify that the juries would be of the “vicinage.”

    Ratification

  • Several other “rights” provisions also disappeared, including those asserting separation of powers, giving persons with religious scruples exemption from military service, and requiring that criminal trials be in the “vicinage” of the crime.

    Ratification

  • The Constitution assured that there would be jury trials in criminal cases, but even that provision raised concern because it failed to specify that the juries would be of the “vicinage.”

    Ratification

  • Joseph McDowell also said that none of the objections to Article III had been answered to his satisfaction, and trial by a jury of the vicinage or neighborhood, which the Constitution failed to secure in civil cases, “is one of the greatest securities for property.”

    Ratification

  • Several other “rights” provisions also disappeared, including those asserting separation of powers, giving persons with religious scruples exemption from military service, and requiring that criminal trials be in the “vicinage” of the crime.

    Ratification

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  • Mr. Rochester to Jane:

    Yes--just one of your tricks: not to send for a carriage, and come clattering over the street and road like a common mortal, but to steal into the vicinage of your home along with twilight just as if you were a dream or a shade.

    - Bronte, Jane Eyre, Chapter 22

    October 28, 2009