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
  1. noun
    the area in which something exists or lives
    synonyms: environment, surround, surroundings
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    ambiance, ambience
    the atmosphere of an environment
    the surrounding environment
    scene, setting
    the context and environment in which something is set
    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
    the local environment
    a setting for a work of art or literature
    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
  2. noun
    an outer adjacent area of any place
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