\ 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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Chrystal had recently broken up with her boyfriend and needed a ride to town. Annie Hylton, Longreads, "Searching For Mackie," 12 Feb. 2020 One-woman Editih Piaf show The Cabaret 313 performance series is welcoming Broadway star CHRISTINE ANDREAS back to town Saturday for two Valentine’s weekend performances in the Rivera Court at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit’s Top 10: Cool things to do this weekend and beyond, including Disney on Ice, comics Tim & Eric, rapper Trippie Redd," 12 Feb. 2020 Especially the big standard size, with their fancy coifs that would put the supermodels now in town for Fashion Week to shame. Ben Walker, Anchorage Daily News, "Poodle perfection: Siba wins best in show at Westminster," 12 Feb. 2020 The Bruins were dealing with an opponent at less than full strength; the Canucks came to town at the end of a three-in-four stretch, their body clocks adjusting from Pacific to Eastern Standard Time. Matt Porter,, "Four on the floor: Bruins roll over Canucks," 5 Feb. 2020 Marty Redmond, 56, Virginia, came to Buttigieg's watch party after coming to town on unrelated business. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Buttigieg declares victory in Iowa amid delay of Democratic caucus results," 4 Feb. 2020 President Donald Trump came to town in the 1990s, offering a glittering casino packed with jobs, but the state didn’t approve a Bridgeport casino. WSJ, "Connecticut’s Largest City Sees Future in Harnessing Wind Energy," 2 Feb. 2020 Researchers have noted a downturn in public transit ridership when ride-hail comes to town, a trend that would disappoint in Vancouver, which has invested for decades in transit infrastructure. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "Vancouver Wants to Avoid Other Cities' Mistakes With Uber and Lyft," 1 Feb. 2020 As seen in the new Super Bowl spot, Lee still makes a return appearance in A Quiet Place Part II through flashbacks that take us back to the day the creatures first came to town. Nick Romano,, "A Quiet Place 2 drops a big surprise in Super Bowl 2020 trailer," 31 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of town was before the 12th century

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16 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Town.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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


\ 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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