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From Old French visnage, respelled to more closer match its Latin source vīcīnus (neighbor).



vicinage (plural vicinages)

  1. (now rare) A surrounding district; a neighbourhood.
    • 1848, Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre: an Autobiography[1], London: Smith, Elder, and Co. Cornhill, page 263:
      It was as still as a church on a week-day: the pattering rain on the forest leaves was the only sound audible in its vicinage.
  2. (now rare) The people of a neighbourhood.
  3. The state of living near something; proximity, closeness.
    • 1891, Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger People's" Country[2], New York: Harper & Brothers, Franklin Square, page 7:
      In the few years that she had lived here, a stranger herself, in some sort—not accustomed, as was her husband, to a lifelong vicinage to the pygmy burial-ground—she had developed no receptivity to that uncanny idea of a race of dwarfs.
  4. (Britain, US, law) The area where a crime was committed, a trial is being held, or the community from which jurors are drawn.

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