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noun (1)

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


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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

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
On the other side of the Hudson River lies the Wassaic Project, an artist-run, non-profit gallery and residence center in the tiny eponymous hamlet. Laura Ratliff, Condé Nast Traveler, 6 June 2024 Meanwhile, inhabitants of the nearby hamlet of Soufriere have been open about their intent to do vigilante justice if Lehrer is released. Nina Burleigh, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 May 2024 The hamlets had sprung up to provide lodging and meals for weary samurai warriors, merchants, feudal lords and other travelers. Norma Meyer, Orange County Register, 15 May 2024 The mass killings in Daouda’s village and a nearby hamlet in February were among the deadliest in a decade of upheaval in Burkina Faso, a country torn apart by the Islamist insurgencies that have swept across parts of western Africa. Christiaan Triebert, New York Times, 11 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for hamlet 

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Word History


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 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


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

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