Definition of town
1 dialectal, England : a cluster or aggregation of houses recognized as a distinct place with a place-name : hamlet
2a : a compactly settled area as distinguished from surrounding rural territoryb : a compactly settled area usually larger than a village but smaller than a cityc : a large densely populated urban area : cityd : an English village having a periodic fair or market
3 : a particular town or city under consideration <the circus came to town>
4 : the city or urban life as contrasted with the country
5a : the inhabitants of a city or town <practically the whole town turned out for the parade>b : the townspeople of a college or university town as distinct from the academic community <relations between town and gown>
6 : a New England territorial and political unit usually containing under a single town government both rural areas and urban areas not having their own charter of incorporation; also : a New England community governed by a town meeting
7 : a group of prairie dog burrows
on the town
: in usually carefree pursuit of entertainment or amusement (such as city nightlife) especially as a relief from routine
Examples of town in a sentence
the town of Jackson, Florida
The nearest shopping mall is two towns away.
The town plans to increase property taxes.
We're heading to town later on.
Origin and Etymology of town
Middle English, from Old English tūn enclosure, village, town; akin to Old High German zūn enclosure, Old Irish dún fortress
First Known Use: before 12th century
TOWN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of town for English Language Learners
: a place where people live that is larger than a village but smaller than a city
: the people in a town
the town : the government of a town
TOWN Defined for Kids
Definition of town for Students
1 : a thickly settled area that is usually larger than a village but smaller than a city
2 : the people of a town <The whole town came out to watch the parade.>
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