ETYM Latin vicinitas, from vicinus neighboring, near, from vicus a row of houses, a village; akin to Greek oikos a house, Skr. vęça a house, viç to enter, Goth. weihs town: cf. Old Fren. vicinité. Related to Diocese, Economy, Parish, Vicinage, Wick a village.
A surrounding or nearby region; SYN. locality, neighborhood, neighbourhood.