Meaning of ADJACENT in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ ə-ˈjā-s ə nt ]


Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French, ajesaunt, from Latin adjacent-, adjacens, present participle of adjacēre to lie near, from ad- + jacēre to lie; akin to Latin jacere to throw — more at jet

Date: 15th century


a. : not distant : nearby

the city and adjacent suburbs

b. : having a common endpoint or border

adjacent lots

adjacent sides of a triangle

c. : immediately preceding or following

2. of two angles : having the vertex and one side in common

• ad·ja·cent·ly adverb


adjacent , adjoining , contiguous , juxtaposed mean being in close proximity. adjacent may or may not imply contact but always implies absence of anything of the same kind in between

a house with an adjacent garage

adjoining definitely implies meeting and touching at some point or line

had adjoining rooms at the hotel

contiguous implies having contact on all or most of one side

offices in all 48 contiguous states

juxtaposed means placed side by side especially so as to permit comparison and contrast

a skyscraper juxtaposed to a church

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.