vil·​la | \ ˈvi-lə \

Definition of villa

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a country estate
2 : the rural or suburban residence of a wealthy person
3 British : a detached or semidetached urban residence with yard and garden space


biographical name
Vil·​la | \ ˈvē-yə \

Definition of Villa (Entry 2 of 2)

Francisco 1878–1923 Pancho \ ˈpän-​(ˌ)chō , ˈpan-​\ Villa originally Doroteo Arango Mexican bandit and revolutionary

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Examples of villa in a Sentence


They rented a seaside villa for two weeks. a millionaire with a luxurious villa in Mexico

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The two also own villas in the surrounding area by the bar, called Exuma Point Resort. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "The Woman Who Became the Hero of Fyre Festival," 18 Jan. 2019 But anyone who has entertained visions of owning a villa in the Italian countryside and spending their days drinking wine against a rolling vineyard backdrop isn’t thinking big enough. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "You Can Buy This Stunning Tuscan Castle In Italy," 22 Dec. 2018 Onefinestay — a luxury home rental company bought by AccorHotels in 2016 — offers properties like a three-bedroom villa on Maui for $975 per night. Dee-ann Durbin, The Seattle Times, "Rooms with new views: Hotels try their hand in home-sharing," 2 Oct. 2018 Highlights include a dinner in Venice’s first vegan restaurant, a farm-to-table vegan feast, and two nights in an all-vegan villa in Tuscany. Diane Daniel,, "Intrepid Travel launches vegan tours," 26 June 2018 The stable belonged to a villa on Pompeii's northern outskirts. Fox News, "Pompeii dig finds trace of ancient thoroughbred racehorse," 11 May 2018 Below, check out a photo of himself and Chopra looking gorgeous and rich at some villa. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Are Live-Instagramming Their Honeymoon," 11 Jan. 2019 This summer, the Estée Lauder heiress and businesswoman headed to Ibiza with her family for a few weeks, staying at a villa named Casa Blanca near Santa Eulària des Riu. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "Aerin Lauder Keeps Going Back to Ibiza," 30 Aug. 2018 In addition to bonding at the Clooneys' 25-room villa in Laglio, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex also enjoyed hangouts by the pool, a private cruise, and indulgent dinners, ABC News reports. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "George Clooney Reportedly Personally Flew Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to Italy on His Private Jet," 21 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of villa


1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for villa


Italian, from Latin; akin to Latin vicus village — more at vicinity

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English Language Learners Definition of villa

: a large house or estate that is usually located in the country
: a house that you can rent and live in when on vacation
British : a house in the city with a yard and garden


vil·​la | \ ˈvi-lə \

Kids Definition of villa

: a large house or estate usually in the country

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