• Neighboring; adjacent.
  • (Chemistry) Relating to or denoting substituents attached to adjacent atoms in a ring or chain.

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Example Sentences

“My dog’s loud barking disturbed every vicinal household.”

“When I dine out, I stick to vicinal restaurants that I can walk to from my house.”

“The closest Target is in the vicinal town.”

Word Origin

French, early 17th century

Why this word?

“Vicinal” shares a root with the word “vicinity” — both come from the Latin “vicinus,” meaning “neighbor.” However, “neighbor” appeared in Old English as “nēahgebūr,” a combination of “nēah” (meaning “near”) and “gebūr” (meaning “peasant”).

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