noun (1)
ham·​let | \ ˈham-lət \

Definition of hamlet 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a small village


noun (2)
Ham·​let | \ ˈham-lət \

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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In the Highland hamlet of Old Struan there is Kindrochet Lodge(atholl-estates.co.uk) on the Atholl Estates. Cathy Newman, WSJ, "A Chic Scottish Sojourn Among the Manors," 7 Dec. 2018 Photo: Jacob Bunge/The Wall Street Journal Down the road in the 639-person hamlet of Fort Vermilion, Dr. Jacob Marfo counts each year’s frost-free days. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "A Warming Climate Brings New Crops to Frigid Zones," 25 Nov. 2018 Quinton Tellis is being retried on capital murder charges, accused of burning Jessica Chambers on a rural backroad on the outskirts of the Mississippi hamlet of Courtland in 2014. Fox News, "Unknown hitchhiker: Link to Mississippi burning death?," 28 Sep. 2018 Photo: Zuma Press Mr. Lauder has lived in the hamlet on the weekends since 1989. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "A Hamlet Hideaway for Wealthy New Yorkers," 7 Nov. 2018 For two and a half years, the neon pink cross that hangs above Botanica Bazaar, a boutique in the Long Island hamlet of Amagansett, has served as a beacon for holistic-minded locals. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "The Hamptons’ Favorite Natural Beauty Boutique Lands in Los Angeles," 19 Sep. 2018 In the tiny hamlet of Wade, population around 570, Athena Moore has been waiting out Florence in her mobile home a quarter mile (half a kilometer) from the Cape Fear River. Claire Galofaro, The Seattle Times, "North Carolina residents consider fleeing as rivers rise," 17 Sep. 2018 It’s threaded by the Navarro River, which passes through Boonville and two smaller hamlets, Philo and Navarro, on its way to the Pacific. Jody Rosen, Smithsonian, "This Secret Corner of California Is a Paradise for Lovers of Great Food and Top-Notch Wines," 14 June 2018 Heavily armed vigilantes with assault rifles now patrol hamlets like Tenantla 24 hours per day. Washington Post, "Mexico opium poppy growers see price drop, turn to marijuana," 22 June 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of hamlet

: a small village

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