\ 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

Other Words from town

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.
Recent Examples on the Web After admitting his true feelings about her to Daniel (Ralph Macchio) during a night out on the town, Chozen finally works up the (liquid) courage to leave her a sweet and borderline-confessional message on her voicemail. Kristen Baldwin,, 15 Sep. 2022 Listing of all locations will be posted on the town’s website on Sept. 29. Hartford Courant, 14 Sep. 2022 The desert isn't dry of activities to fill the time between bottomless brunches and nights out on the town. Sofia Krusmark, The Arizona Republic, 14 Sep. 2022 It was written in the script originally that three of them go out on the town for the night in London and start singing at the end of it. Karen Bliss, Billboard, 13 Sep. 2022 McDonald met Jankowski, Jacobson’s old friend, at a USS Oklahoma reunion years ago, where Jankowski told him that Jacobson had spent hours the night before the attack ferrying crew members ashore for a night out on the town. Gavin Good, Chicago Tribune, 12 Sep. 2022 Russia has imposed its ruble currency on the town, forcing staff, who are paid in Ukrainian hryvnia, to collect their paychecks via black market traders who often charge about a fifth of the sum, workers say. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, 9 Sep. 2022 For both members and hotel guests, Little Ned provides a cozy hideaway for catching up with friends over drinks or grabbing a quick bite before going out on the town. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 9 Sep. 2022 With less than a month before the world premiere, Wilde and Styles continue to be spotted together at concerts, out on the town in New York, and on yachts off the coast of Italy. Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 6 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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24 Sep 2022

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“Town.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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\ 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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