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 Among those experiencing new hardships is Kristin Jeffcoat, 24, who is raising three children in Camptonville, Calif., a hamlet about 80 miles north of Sacramento. Jason Deparle, Star Tribune, "Millions in U.S. have fallen into poverty as aid dried up," 15 Oct. 2020 Among those experiencing new hardships is Kristin Jeffcoat, 24, who is raising three children in Camptonville, Calif., a hamlet about 80 miles north of Sacramento. Jason Deparle, New York Times, "8 Million Have Slipped Into Poverty Since May as Federal Aid Has Dried Up," 15 Oct. 2020 The late-blooming storm came ashore in the coastal hamlet of Creole, in Cameron Parish, just a dozen miles east of where Laura made landfall on Aug. 27, and drew a bead on Iowa. Andrea Gallo And Bryn Stole | Staff Writers, NOLA.com, "Hurricane Delta deals harsh, wet second blow to storm-battered southwest Lousiana," 10 Oct. 2020 West Kill is a hamlet of the town of Lexington, where, in 2017, the median income for households was forty-four thousand two hundred and eighty-eight dollars. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, "The Pandemic Sparks a Real-Estate Gold Rush in Upstate New York," 9 Oct. 2020 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in 2018 that Shields was enslaved on a farm in Rex, Georgia, a tiny hamlet in northeast Clayton, within county lines. Giulia Heyward And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "A county votes to rename Georgia elementary school after Michelle Obama," 8 Oct. 2020 There is a hamlet with a fire station on one side of the creek and a convenience store on the other. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, "One Gate to the City," 17 Sep. 2020 After retiring from the Mount, Thrailkill served as interim president at Chatfield College from 2008 to 2009 in the Brown County, Ohio, hamlet of St. Martin. Kate Murphy, The Enquirer, "Sister Francis Marie Thrailkill, former president of Mount Saint Joseph University, dead at 83," 7 Oct. 2020 Agatha Christie’s fictional hamlet – the home of amateur sleuth Jane Marple – has seen its unfair share of murders, including at the vicarage. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, "100 years on, it’s no mystery why Agatha Christie’s stories endure," 2 Oct. 2020

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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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25 Oct 2020

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“Hamlet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hamlet. Accessed 26 Oct. 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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