environs

The environs are the areas surrounding a specific place. If you want to go to Boston and its environs on vacation, you might spend time in downtown Boston, but you may also visit Cambridge, Braintree, and Lexington.

In general, the environs are the areas surrounding a particular place or location. Environs is a plural noun taking a plural verb, and it comes from an Old French word, environer, meaning to enclose, surround, or encircle. When you book your hotel reservations, you should make sure the environs around the hotel are safe. No matter how clean the hotel is or how good the breakfast, you wouldn't want to stay in an area where you would be leery of going out at night.

Definitions of environs
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n the area in which something exists or lives

Synonyms:
environment, surround, surroundings
Types:
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ambiance, ambience
the atmosphere of an environment
medium
the surrounding environment
scene, setting
the context and environment in which something is set
element
the most favorable environment for a plant or animal
habitat, home ground
the type of environment in which an organism or group normally lives or occurs
melting pot
an environment in which many ideas and races are socially assimilated
parts
the local environment
scenario
a setting for a work of art or literature
habitation
the native habitat or home of an animal or plant
Type of:
geographic area, geographic region, geographical area, geographical region
a demarcated area of the Earth

n an outer adjacent area of any place

Synonyms:
purlieu
Type of:
geographic area, geographic region, geographical area, geographical region
a demarcated area of the Earth

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