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From an alteration of earlier neighborred(neighborhood), from Middle English neȝeburredde, neheborreden, equivalent to neighbor +‎ -red; the alteration being interpreted as though from neighbor +‎ -hood. For change in suffix (-red to -hood), compare brotherhood.



neighborhood (countable and uncountable, plural neighborhoods)

  1. (chiefly obsolete) The quality of being a neighbor, of living nearby, next to each-other; proximity.
    Our neighborhood was our only reason to exchange hollow greetings.
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 1, ll. 399-402:
      Nor content with such / Audacious neighbourhood, the wisest heart / Of Solomon he led by fraud to build / His Temple right against the Temple of God.
    • 1835, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Rienzi, the Last of the Roman Tribunes:
      Then the prison and the palace were in awful neighbourhood.
  2. Close proximity, nearby area; particularly, close proximity to one's home.
    He lives in my neighborhood.
  3. The inhabitants of a residential area.
    The fire alarmed the neighborhood.
  4. A formal or informal division of a municipality or region.
    We have just moved to a pleasant neighborhood.
  5. An approximate amount.
    He must be making in the neighborhood of $200,000 per year.
  6. The quality of physical proximity.
    The slums and the palace were in awful neighborhood.
  7. (obsolete) The disposition becoming a neighbor; neighborly kindness or good will.
  8. (topology) An open set which contains the point in question.
  9. (topology) The infinitesimal open set of all points that may be reached directly from a given point.
  10. (graph theory) The set of all the vertices adjacent to a given vertex.
  11. (topology) A set containing an open set which contains point in question.


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