\ 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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Holmes Beach is a small town in Manatee County on Anna Maria Island, south of Tampa Bay and west of Bradenton. Johnny Diaz,, "Now hear this: Prosthetic ear found on Florida beach," 19 June 2019 Over the past two years, the Carlsbad company has rolled out Community Wi-Fi through an Internet hotspot now available in 2,500 small towns with poor Internet service in Mexico. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ambassadors from 35 countries get first hand look at San Diego’s technology, defense and border security," 19 June 2019 Some, beginning with Ulysses S. Grant, have made a point of leaving town; others have opted for symbolic activities befitting the occasion. Eugene Robinson, The Mercury News, "Robinson: Trump’s making DC’s 4th of July a rally to honor himself," 18 June 2019 The outside linebacker gave the Bears a player to be feared by opponents for the first time since Brian Urlacher and Julius Peppers left town in 2012 and ’13. Will Larkin,, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 80, Khalil Mack," 18 June 2019 At each stop, a mini-play, of sorts, will be put on, revealing the sometimes little known history of Indy as a sports town. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Indy's first 'sports history bar crawl' coming Downtown," 18 June 2019 Beaches, sand dunes and small-town charms can be found throughout the state’s western coast, according to Michigan Beachtowns website. Sheila Vilvens,, "Looking for places to go to escape the rain? We found a few," 18 June 2019 And, do not dare leave town without visiting The Bryan Museum with its 70,000-piece rare collection of historical artifacts, documents and artwork relating to the American West. Houston Chronicle, "Experience Galveston Island in unique ways this summer," 14 June 2019 Those playing-time concerns left town with Gase in the offseason. Michael Beller,, "Fantasy Football: David Johnson, Kenyan Drake Among Early 2019 Bounceback Candidates," 14 June 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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The first known use of town was before the 12th century

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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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