hamlet

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noun (1)

ham·​let ˈham-lət How to pronounce hamlet (audio)
: a small village

Hamlet

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noun (2)

Ham·​let ˈham-lət How to pronounce Hamlet (audio)
: a legendary Danish prince and hero of Shakespeare's play Hamlet

Example Sentences

Noun (1) she always longed to return to the quiet hamlet where she had been born
Recent Examples on the Web
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Video and still images appeared to show police in riot gear carrying away a limp Thunberg, 20, by her arms and legs in the hamlet of Lützerath, west of Cologne and near Garzweiler coal mine. Sean Nevin, NBC News, 17 Jan. 2023 Environmental activists have been locked in a standoff with police who started eviction operations on Wednesday in the hamlet of Luetzerath, west of Cologne, that’s due to be bulldozed for the expansion of a nearby lignite mine. Frank Jordans, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 Jan. 2023 This fall, the Colonial Dutch–inspired resort Inness, which also opened in 2021, in the hamlet of Accord, will launch its own spa, with five treatment rooms, a sauna and heated plunge pool, and a fitness center. Devorah Lev-tov, Condé Nast Traveler, 10 Jan. 2023 The fire broke out late last week in the hamlet of Mexicaltongo, in the township of Jilotepec, not far from a major refinery. Fox News, 4 Jan. 2023 Rail Spike Park is a short drive from an elaborate Confederate monument outside the Leflore County Courthouse and about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the crumbling remains of the store, Bryant’s Grocery & Meat Market in the hamlet of Money. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 21 Oct. 2022 Rail Spike Park is a short drive from an elaborate Confederate monument outside the Leflore County Courthouse and about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the crumbling remains of the store, Bryant’s Grocery & Meat Market in the hamlet of Money. Chicago Tribune, 21 Oct. 2022 Just outside Uzes, La Bergerie is situated in the hamlet of St Mediers, sleeping six and surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. Sarah Turner, Forbes, 23 Apr. 2022 Set in the tiny hamlet of North East, N.Y., this massive compound set on a hefty 24 acres has just hit the market for $3.75 million. David Kaufman, Robb Report, 28 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

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

First Known Use

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1601, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 27 Jan. 2023.

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hamlet

noun
ham·​let ˈham-lət How to pronounce hamlet (audio)
: a small village

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