noun (1)
ham·​let | \ ˈham-lət How to pronounce hamlet (audio) \

Definition of hamlet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small village


noun (2)
Ham·​let | \ ˈham-lət How to pronounce Hamlet (audio) \

Definition of Hamlet (Entry 2 of 2)

: a legendary Danish prince and hero of Shakespeare's play Hamlet

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Synonyms for hamlet

Synonyms: Noun (1)

bourg, townlet, vill, village, whistle-stop

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Examples of hamlet in a Sentence

Noun (1)

she always longed to return to the quiet hamlet where she had been born

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Thirteen-year-old Delaney Kilgour and his grandmother, Karen Young, set out from Lac La Biche, a hamlet in Alberta, Canada, to drive all the way to Huntsville, Alabama. Beth Thames | Bethmthames@gmail.com, al, "Space Camp helps fill hole in Canadian boy’s heart," 28 Aug. 2019 Colorado alligator farm Mosca 9162 W. Co Rd 9 N Ewing and Lynne Young moved from Florida to this San Luis Valley hamlet in 1987 to start a fish farm, using a natural hot springs for raising tilapia and other warm-water fish. Tom Noel, The Know, "9 odd places that you should include on a Colorado road trip, from a giant hot dog to fake cliff dwellings," 25 Aug. 2019 Dozens of educators and other school employees encompassing KY 120 United converged on this Western Kentucky hamlet Saturday having shed their uniform of red, the color that's come to symbolize a national pro-public education movement. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "'We're not backing down': Teachers a screaming force at Fancy Farm, aim ire at Bevin," 3 Aug. 2019 Yet the idea of leaving the pastoral lure of their 5,000-person hamlet for relative safety of the Bay Area was too much. Katy Steinmetz/ukiah, Time, "California Is Stepping Up Fire Prevention Efforts—But It Hasn't Fixed One of the Biggest Problems," 2 July 2019 In their rural hamlet of Thái Bình, southeast of Hanoi, Thảo and her sister learned to sew their own clothes, and to appreciate the intrinsic value of the materials and their craft. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 2018 One of the places where buses were standing by to remove hospital patients was Yountville, a tiny Napa hamlet and one of the communities that ranked highest in StreetLight’s analysis of communities with few escape routes. Erin Baldassari, The Mercury News, "Map: These Bay Area towns could face major traffic jams during an emergency," 22 Aug. 2019 Paul Ernest had been hospitalized since Nov. 8, when the fast-moving fire raced across the Sierra Nevada foothills, destroying nearly 15,000 homes in the city of 27,000 and surrounding hamlets. Washington Post, "Man dies in hospital; 2018 wildfire death toll rises to 86," 8 Aug. 2019 On the day of filming in a coastal hamlet of Suffolk, Boyle purposefully kept the older Lennon lookalike and his lead actor apart. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "Spoilers! All about that divisive, emotional Beatles surprise in 'Yesterday'," 29 June 2019

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First Known Use of hamlet

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1601, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hamlet

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Anglo-French hamelet, diminutive of ham village, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English hām village, home

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English Language Learners Definition of hamlet

: a small village


ham·​let | \ ˈham-lət How to pronounce hamlet (audio) \

Kids Definition of hamlet

: a small village

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