\ 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 As with its bike-share scheme, Citi Bike, which launched in 2013, years after most other big cities, New York has adopted a conservative approach to this ballyhooed new mode of getting around town. John Seabrook, The New Yorker, "The E-Scooters Loved by Silicon Valley Roll Into New York," 19 Apr. 2021 Padie also failed to graduate and worked around town before being drafted. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "How a group of Anchorage teens hid a 1966 murder for years — until one of them tried to become a police officer," 18 Apr. 2021 The group will meet weekly at different locations around town for a one mile or two mile loop., "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 16 Apr. 2021 But around town, sagos can already be seen sending up new shoots from their crowns at the top. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio's non-native palm trees likely dead from February freeze and may cost $2,000 per tree to remove; natives seem OK," 16 Apr. 2021 Some trash routes are an easy walk around town while others entail heavy lifting and arduous work. oregonlive, "Portland launches easy-entry jobs program that cleans up trash," 15 Apr. 2021 But on the fourth day of my expedition around town, my friend Curtis Archer, sometimes referred to as the mayor of Harlem, calls. New York Times, "A Long-Awaited Return to Eating at Beloved New York Restaurants," 14 Apr. 2021 At 15 years old, Natalie is now living in a $5 million house and cruising around town in her dad's Bentley's and Ferraris. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Henry Cavill goes Instagram official with 'beautiful and brilliant love' Natalie Viscuso," 12 Apr. 2021 Some people keep a drawer of silly, inexpensive items (paid for personally), collected from their travels or picked up around town to drop in the mail. Aliza Knox, Forbes, "Even Leaders Should Say Thank You - 3 Ways To Do So," 12 Apr. 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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21 Apr 2021

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“Town.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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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