noun vil·lain \ˈvi-lən\

: a character in a story, movie, etc., who does bad things

: a person who does bad things

: someone or something that is blamed for a particular problem or difficulty

Full Definition of VILLAIN

:  villein
:  an uncouth person :  boor
:  a deliberate scoundrel or criminal
:  a character in a story or play who opposes the hero
:  one blamed for a particular evil or difficulty <automation as the villain in job … displacement — M. H. Goldberg>

Examples of VILLAIN

  1. He plays the villain in most of his movies.
  2. She describes her first husband as a villain who treated her terribly.
  3. Don't try to make me the villain. It's your own fault that you're having these problems.

Origin of VILLAIN

Middle English vilain, vilein, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin villanus, from Latin villa
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with VILLAIN

VILLAIN Defined for Kids


noun vil·lain \ˈvi-lən\

Definition of VILLAIN for Kids

:  a wicked person
:  a character in a story or play who opposes the hero or heroine


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