kirk·​town | \ ˈkərkˌtau̇n \
variants: or less commonly kirkton \ -​tən \

Definition of kirktown

1 : the hamlet in the immediate neighborhood of the parish church in country parishes of Scotland

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First Known Use of kirktown

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for kirktown

Middle English (Scots dialect) kirktoun, from kirke, kirk + toun town

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“Kirktown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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