noun \ˈvi-lə\

: a large house or estate that is usually located in the country

: a house that you can rent and live in when on vacation

: a house in the city with a yard and garden

Full Definition of VILLA

:  a country estate
:  the rural or suburban residence of a wealthy person
British :  a detached or semidetached urban residence with yard and garden space

Examples of VILLA

  1. They rented a seaside villa for two weeks.
  2. <a millionaire with a luxurious villa in Mexico>

Origin of VILLA

Italian, from Latin; akin to Latin vicus village — more at vicinity
First Known Use: 1611

Rhymes with VILLA


biographical name \ˈvē-yə\

Definition of VILLA

Francisco 1878–1923 Pan*cho \ˈpän-(ˌ)chō, ˈpan-\ Villa originally Doroteo Arango Mex. bandit & revolutionary


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Country estate, complete with house, grounds, and subsidiary buildings. The term particularly applies to the suburban summer residences of the ancient Romans and their later Italian imitators. Roman villas frequently were asymmetrical in plan and built with elaborate terracing on hillsides; they had long colonnades, towers, gardens with reflecting pools and fountains, and extensive reservoirs. In Britain the term has come to mean a small detached or semidetached suburban home. See also Hadrian's Villa, Andrea Palladio.


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