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)

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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Pro tip: Lake house dinner prep My own in-laws’ much-loved, much-rustic cottage in the vacation hamlet of Sister Bay, Wis., was built a century ago for two parents and four children. Cheryl Stritzel Mccarthy, chicagotribune.com, "Don't be that guest: Lake house etiquette tips from the pros," 19 June 2018 Friday Harbor, Washington This beautiful hamlet sits in the farthest northwest reaches of Washington, with a marina at Roche Harbor that serves as a jumping-off point for cruising around small, uninhabited islands. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Beautiful Towns in America," 21 Sep. 2018 The onslaught has been particularly bad in the small hamlet of Belushya Guba, which has reported 50 sightings of polar bears since December, according to the report. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "'Mass Invasion' of Polar Bears Descends on Remote Russian Village in Search of Food," 11 Feb. 2019 Sunday's eruption caught residents of remote mountain hamlets off guard, with little or no time to flee to safety. Sonia Perez D., chicagotribune.com, "Only a few of Guatemala volcano's dead have been identified," 4 June 2018 In Viloria and other hamlets in the shade of the limestone ranges of Loquiz and Urbasa, that's achieved by covering pyramids of wood with hay, dry leaves and a layer of insulating soil. Alvaro Barrientos, Fox News, "Charcoal makers in Spain keep embers of an old trade burning," 13 Sep. 2018 For decades, these witnesses grieved in silence over the massacre in the Salvadoran village of El Mozote and nearby hamlets. New York Times, "Survivors of Massacre Ask: ‘Why Did They Have to Kill Those Children?’," 26 May 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce hamlet (audio) \

Kids Definition of hamlet

: a small village

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