environ

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English [Term?], from Old French enviruner, environner (to surround), from environ (around), from en (in) + viron (a turn), from virer (to turn, veer).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈvaɪ.ɹən/, /ɛnˈvaɪ.ɹən/
  • Rhymes: -aɪɹən
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

environ (plural environs)

  1. (especially in plural) A surrounding area
    • 1811, Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, Chapter 19:
      His spirits, during the last two or three days, though still very unequal, were greatly improved—he grew more and more partial to the house and environs—never spoke of going away without a sigh [...]

Verb[edit]

environ (third-person singular simple present environs, present participle environing, simple past and past participle environed)

  1. To surround; to encircle.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From en (in) + viron (a turn), from virer (to turn, veer).

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Adverb[edit]

environ

  1. about, close to, around
    un salaire annuel d'environ 7 millions d'euros
    an annual salary of around 7 million euros

Noun[edit]

environ m (plural environs)

  1. (especially in plural) a surrounding area

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Middle French[edit]

Adverb[edit]

environ

  1. about; around; roughly
  2. around
    • 1488, Jean Dupré, Lancelot du Lac, page 23:
      il regarda environ soy
      he look around him

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Adverb[edit]

environ

  1. about, around, approximately