town

noun
\ ˈtau̇n \

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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As revenge, the piper played his music and bewitched all the town’s children to follow him out of the city where they were never seen again. Morgan Jerkins, Teen Vogue, "R. Kelly and Other Powerful Men Have Always Manipulated Their Teen Fans," 9 Jan. 2019 Malaysian officials have said these landings would encroach on its airspace and stop parts of an industrial town from having tall buildings or even mobile cranes. Annabelle Liang, The Seattle Times, "Singapore, Malaysia move to cool airspace and sea disputes," 8 Jan. 2019 Lady Gaga, her amazing Valentino dress that was an homage to Judy Garland, and Carino painted the town red. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Lady Gaga's Fiancé Posted a Rare Shot of Their Intimate Post-Golden Globes Celebration," 7 Jan. 2019 Building Inspector A person who works for the town's building inspector office who's responsible for issuing building permits. Brett Martin, House Beautiful, "See The Definitions Of Common Renovation Terms," 26 Dec. 2018 Nowhere was that more clear than in the Brooklyn home of design mind and woman-about-town Alyse Archer-Coité. Asad Syrkett, Curbed, "Year in Curbed: The best of House Calls," 26 Dec. 2018 Ezra Klein: Not just jokes, but like small-town clubs, as a place to work out material. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: Ezra Klein and Kara Swisher on the future of journalism," 12 Dec. 2018 Amidst a massive spending bill signed by President Trump this year, the town received $15 million to help with its relocation due to climate change. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Melting Permafrost Poses a Huge Danger to Artic Infrastructure," 11 Dec. 2018 Reconstruction Minister Jiro Akama told reporters that five people were believed to be buried in the town's Yoshino district. Fox News, "At least 7 dead, dozens feared buried after quake hits northern Japan," 2 Oct. 2018

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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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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 town : the government of a town

town

noun
\ ˈtau̇n \

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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