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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Recent Examples on the Web For Hadi, the picture of small-town Canada associated with Munro’s fiction—stultifyingly homogenous, astringently Protestant—carries its own limitations. Oliver Munday, The Atlantic, 23 July 2021 On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee the Autobot finds refuge in a junkyard in a small California beach town. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 23 July 2021 Finally, Dave Roberts lifted Jansen, but the damage was done: San Francisco is leaving town with a three-game lead in the NL West. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 July 2021 In April 2013, Joe Bell left his home in La Grande, a small town in the northeast corner of Oregon, to walk across the country in honor of his 15-year-old son, Jadin, who had died in February a few weeks after attempting suicide. NBC News, 22 July 2021 The attack hit a small town in Maryland, where staffers were unable to use their computers or send out utility bills, and a large grocery store chain in Sweden, which had to temporarily close its hundreds of locations. Washington Post, 22 July 2021 Boston, which has lost six of eight overall, left town with a half-game lead in the AL East over Tampa Bay, and seven in front of the fourth-place Yankees. Mike Fitzpatrick, ajc, 19 July 2021 Check battery levels and charge batteries fully before leaving town. Nicole Nguyen, WSJ, 18 July 2021 Boston, which has lost six of eight, left town with a half-game lead in the AL East over Tampa Bay, and seven in front of the fourth-place Yankees. Mike Fitzpatrick, Star Tribune, 18 July 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/town. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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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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