Definition of "environs" []

  • A surrounding area, especially of a city. (noun-plural)
  • Surroundings; environment. (noun-plural)
  • A surrounding area or region, esp the suburbs or outskirts of a town or city; vicinity

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Use "environs" in a sentence
  • "The goal of the environs is to force people to use fewer fossil fuels."
  • "Additionally, Tanzania has advantageous lake and basin environs shaped by Lake Nyanza on its northern border, Lake Tanganyika on its western border, and Lake Nyasa (Malawi) at its southwestern end, as well as many additional lesser lakes interspersed throughout."
  • "As earlier Azania Bantu populations had, those early Northeast-Coastal Bantu-speaking communities settled into hinter-coastal settings that were characterized by well-watered, temperate niches that were similar to the Southern-Nyanza-Basin environs their ancestors had departed."