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“environs” in British English

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environsnoun [ plural ]

uk /ɪnˈvaɪ.rənz/ us /ɪnˈvaɪ.rənz/ formal

Examples from literature

  • The town, and its green environs, shortly receded, the distant hills faded in the horizon, and the emerald isles lay, like specks, on the bosom of the ocean. 
  • The young rogue was taking a walk, exploring the environs, his fair scanty locks blowing in the breeze, his eyes blinking as they beheld the immensity of Paris. 
  • There were now and then most gleeful excursions in the environs of Paris, when she and Hugh found in earth and air a world of delights more than they could tell anybody but each other. 
  • This extends for some three or four miles, and is skirted by charming villages, which render the environs of Bristol so far-famed for beauty. 
  • We reached the environs of Cincinnati about ten o'clock at night, and were not clear of them until after daybreak. 

(Definition of “environs” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“environs” in American English

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environsplural noun

/ɪnˈvɑɪ·rənz, -ˈvɑɪ·ərnz/

the area surrounding a place, esp. a town

(Definition of “environs” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)