town

noun
\ ˈtau̇n How to pronounce town (audio) \

Definition of town

1a : a compactly settled area usually larger than a village but smaller than a city
b : a compactly settled area as distinguished from surrounding rural territory
c : a large densely populated urban area : city
d : 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 parade
b : 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

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town adjective

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.
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In small towns across America, women are truly community heroes. Melody Warnick, Woman's Day, "These Small-Town Heroes Are Helping Their Communities Thrive," 2 Apr. 2019 As one of two Irish bars in town, Hennessey’s did banner business the day of the local St. Patrick’s Day parade. Matthew Hennessey, WSJ, "St. Patrick Brought the Green Stuff to My Barkeep Parents," 15 Mar. 2019 The Reporter Decades ago, as a small-town newspaper reporter working on the Friday after Thanksgiving, my boss (a guy old enough to be my father) brought in a platter of this World War II era delicacy: turkey meat on Wonder Bread with butter. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "4 Great Turkey Sandwiches For All Those Thanksgiving Leftovers," 23 Nov. 2018 DelRosario's work exhaustively documenting Carey's art around town and encouraging the artist to put his unique penmanship on paper gave the duo an excellent starting point. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "How do you preserve beloved New Orleans folk art? A Web font, of course," 23 Nov. 2018 Step aside, Hadid sisters: there's a new fashion family in town. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Glenn Close and Her Dog Pip Just Did a Photo Shoot for Stella McCartney," 7 Mar. 2019 The couple had been in town since Saturday, participating in everything from visiting Education For All, a charity that provides girls in rural Morocco the chance for a full education, to petting horses on their final day. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wore a Men's J.Crew Coat on the Royal Tour of Morocco," 26 Feb. 2019 Taylor’s already been in town enough to know the history. Joe Kay, The Seattle Times, "With wait over, Bengals hire Zac Taylor as coach," 4 Feb. 2019 Brazilian authorities are trying to pinpoint the causes of the disaster at the iron-ore mine in the rural town of Brumadinho, the worst of its kind in more than 50 years, and are investigating whether... Samantha Pearson, WSJ, "Vale Dam Auditor Told Police He Felt Pressured to Attest to Safety of Dam," 7 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of town

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 6

History and Etymology for town

Middle English, from Old English tūn enclosure, village, town; akin to Old High German zūn enclosure, Old Irish dún fortress

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town

noun

English Language Learners Definition of town

: a place where people live that is larger than a village but smaller than a city
: the people in a town
: the government of a town

town

noun
\ ˈtau̇n How to pronounce town (audio) \

Kids Definition of town

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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