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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: vicinitas, from vicinus 'near', from vicus 'row of houses, village'


vi‧cin‧i‧ty formal

in the vicinity (of something)

in the area around a particular place:
The stolen car was found in the vicinity of the station.
There used to be a mill in the vicinity.

in the vicinity of £3 million/$1,500/2 billion years etc

close to a particular amount or measurement:
All meteorites are of the same age, somewhere in the vicinity of 4.5 billion years old.

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