Definition of town
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 : a particular town or city under consideration the circus came to town
3 : the city or urban life as contrasted with the country
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 : 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 dialectal, England : a cluster or aggregation of houses recognized as a distinct place with a place-name : hamlet
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.
Recent Examples of town from the Web
The town of Wimbledon has become a popular geographical meeting point for the bugs — great for entomologists, but not so much for athletes.
Willie Nelson, Dawes, Sam Hunt and OneRepublic are all in town this week as well.
I get wrapped up in issues about gentrification in Seattle — my home town.
A panoramic photo of Guanajuato, Mexico, the small town from which the owners hail, papers one wall as a mix of booths and freestanding tables and chairs fill up the rest of the space.
In Colorado, Boulder Forward, a YIMBY group that organized the inaugural YIMBYtown conference last year, organized opposition to a ballot measure that would have restricted growth in town.
Tesla disputed how women characterized the town hall in conversations with the Guardian.
Spicer’s overture statement was a farrago of false assertions, misleading stats, and embattled attitude, putting those Beltway press-corps punks on notice that there was a new sheriff in town.
In addition to Charlotte races, voters will see contests in Mecklenburg County’s small towns and six school board districts.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'town'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
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 centurySee Words from the same year
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.
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up town? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).