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1. A surrounding area, especially of a city.
2. Surroundings; environment.
[French, from Old French, pl. of environ, circuit, from environ, round about; see environ.]
a surrounding area or region, esp the suburbs or outskirts of a town or city; vicinity
en•vi•rons(ɛnˈvaɪ rənz, -ˈvaɪ ərnz)
1. the surrounding parts or districts, as of a city; outskirts; suburbs.
2. surroundings; environment.
3. the nearby area or space; vicinity.
[1655–65; < French (pl.); replacing Middle English environ < Old French, n. use of environ around; see environ]
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|Noun||1.||environs - the area in which something exists or lives; "the country--the flat agricultural surround"|
medium - the surrounding environment; "fish require an aqueous medium"
setting, scene - the context and environment in which something is set; "the perfect setting for a ghost story"
element - the most favorable environment for a plant or animal; "water is the element of fishes"
geographic area, geographic region, geographical area, geographical region - a demarcated area of the Earth
habitat, home ground - the type of environment in which an organism or group normally lives or occurs; "a marine habitat"; "he felt safe on his home grounds"
melting pot - an environment in which many ideas and races are socially assimilated
parts - the local environment; "he hasn't been seen around these parts in years"
|2.||environs - an outer adjacent area of any place|