Etymology
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environs (n.)

"outskirts," 1660s, from French environs, plural of Old French environ "compass, circuit," from environ (adv.) "around, round about" (see environ).

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Definitions of environs

environs (n.)
the area in which something exists or lives;
environs (n.)
an outer adjacent area of any place;
Synonyms: purlieu
From wordnet.princeton.edu