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)

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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In 1617, the menfolk of an isolated Norwegian hamlet have just set off on a whaling expedition when a tempest swamps their boat, drowning every one of them. Eliot Schrefer, USA TODAY, "Review: Matriarchy under siege in Kiran Millwood Hargrave's chilling 'The Mercies'," 10 Feb. 2020 Since the 1990s, the groups have mostly policed remote indigenous hamlets where regular police seldom venture. Washington Post, "Mexico sees rise in gangs, vigilantes recruiting children," 24 Jan. 2020 Other residents of the hamlets planned to depart in the coming days. Fox News, "American families fleeing Mexico arrive in Arizona days after cartel massacre," 10 Nov. 2019 Readers loved the infectious account of this small town Everyman who embodied the tight-knit nature of this hamlet near the Connecticut River, between New Haven and New London. BostonGlobe.com, "CENTERBROOK, Conn. — Joe Heller always wanted to have the last laugh.," 16 Sep. 2019 Karl was driving them past a series of hamlets to their next event that Sunday afternoon in the small town of Warner. Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times, "What is it like to see every single presidential candidate — in person?," 23 Aug. 2019 Homes of the Stars in a New York State Town The country hamlet of Bedford, N.Y., includes the homes of high-profile residents like Glenn Close, Bruce Willis, President Donald Trump and George Soros. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "The Small Westchester Town That Draws Hollywood A-Listers and Billionaires," 26 June 2019 The big house at One Bills Drive, tucked into a quiet neighborhood in the Western New York hamlet of Orchard Park, turns into a real-life, raucous Nightmare on Elm Street on game days. BostonGlobe.com, "The Bills feed off their fans. Their opponents feel their wrath.," 26 Sep. 2019 Belmond La Residencia, Mallorca Of all the charming villages and hamlets on Mallorca, Deià is one of the most chic. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "10 Best Places to Drink Aperol Spritzes This Summer," 3 July 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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The first known use of hamlet was before the 12th century

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“Hamlet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hamlet. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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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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