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)

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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The hamlet of Moita da Guerra, in the heart of the Serra do Caldeirao hill range, 150 miles south of the capital Lisbon, illustrates some of the challenges. Barry Hatton, The Christian Science Monitor, "Portugal races to protect its citizens against wildfires – with goats," 13 June 2018 Thirty years later, the beloved pizzeria and its surrounding seaside hamlet are still buzzing with the delights of stardom. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian, "The 20 Best Small Towns To Visit in 2018," 5 June 2018 Pons-Serradei, the lawyer for Elne, said about the southern area of Pyrénées-Orientales, which spreads at the French-Spanish border from the hamlet-state of Andorra to the Mediterranean Sea. BostonGlobe.com, "Museum in France discovers that more than half its collection is fake," 2 May 2018 Thirteen people were killed in their hamlet, according to human-rights monitors. New York Times, "When a Baby Is an Everyday Reminder of Rohingya Horror," 7 July 2018 Composed primarily of chert, sandstone and shale, these hilltops offer a glimpse into what once was a sleepy hamlet called Yerba Buena. Thomas Graham, SFChronicle.com, "Walking these seven hills of San Francisco a peak experience," 28 June 2018 Misfah, a hamlet in the mountain foothills west of Muscat, overlooks a green gorge filled with agricultural terraces and gardens. Peter Gwin, WSJ, "The Horses That Changed History," 19 June 2018 Airfare alone could be $6000 for a single round-trip ticket from Halifax to Resolute Bay, a hamlet in Nunavut. Hannah Hoag, Science | AAAS, "Fieldwork in the Arctic is surprisingly costly, limiting the research done there," 18 June 2018 The hamlet of San Miguel Los Lotes, once a collection of modest homes with a road running alongside, was almost completely buried reached up to rooftops. Fox News, "Before-and-after images show Guatemala volcano's devastation," 7 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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