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 the ’50s it was promoted as a hamlet outside the bustle. New York Times, 8 Oct. 2021 This farming hamlet has replaced neighboring Todos Santos as Baja's new boho hot spot. Jen Murphy, Condé Nast Traveler, 4 Oct. 2021 Ground zero for this wipeout was Caconde, a hamlet carved out of the lush hardwood forests of northwestern Sao Paulo state. Peter Millard, Fortune, 28 Sep. 2021 Pinehurst, a booming hamlet of 17,000 between Charlotte and Raleigh, is one of the picks on Forbes’ new list of The 25 Best Places To Enjoy Your Retirement In 2021. William P. Barrett, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 Castle Conferences Beaches and holiday villages can be a little too lively for some remote workers, though, in which case a medieval castle in a tiny hamlet may prove more suitable. Rebecca Ann Hughes, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 Then the remains of Hurricane Ida hit their suburban hamlet of Hartsdale, about an hour north of New York City. Chris Isidore, CNN, 15 Sep. 2021 The arrival of the newest Pig hotel (opening in September), this time in the South Downs, is sure to put the tiny hamlet of Madehurst firmly on the map. Maresa Manara, Condé Nast Traveler, 26 Aug. 2021 The Caldor Fire destroyed some 500 homes since Aug. 14 in the Sierra Nevada southwest of Lake Tahoe, including much of the tiny hamlet of Grizzly Flats. NBC News, 26 Aug. 2021

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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 24 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hamlet

: a small village


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

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: a small village

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