town

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noun \ˈtau̇n\

Definition of town

  1. 1a :  a compactly settled area usually larger than a village but smaller than a cityb :  a compactly settled area as distinguished from surrounding rural territoryc :  a large densely populated urban area :  cityd :  an English village having a periodic fair or market

  2. 2 :  a particular town or city under consideration the circus came to town

  3. 3 :  the city or urban life as contrasted with the country

  4. 4a :  the inhabitants of a city or town practically the whole town turned out for the paradeb :  the townspeople of a college or university town as distinct from the academic community relations between town and gown

  5. 5 :  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

  6. 6 dialectal, England :  a cluster or aggregation of houses recognized as a distinct place with a place-name :  hamlet

  7. 7 :  a group of prairie dog burrows

town

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on the town

  1. :  in usually carefree pursuit of entertainment or amusement (such as city nightlife) especially as a relief from routine

Examples of town in a Sentence

  1. the town of Jackson, Florida

  2. The nearest shopping mall is two towns away.

  3. The town plans to increase property taxes.

  4. We're heading to town later on.

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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


TOWN Defined for English Language Learners

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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

town

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noun \ˈtau̇n\

Definition of town for Students

  1. 1 :  a thickly settled area that is usually larger than a village but smaller than a city

  2. 2 :  the people of a town The whole town came out to watch the parade.



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