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

From about $1,700 a night for the entire villa, The Children’s Railway. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "The Best of Budapest: A Guide for Strategic Travelers," 27 June 2018 As he was driven away from the villa in a police car, according to prosecutors, the women gave chase. Vanessa Grigoriadis, New York Times, "The ‘Sex Cult’ That Preached Empowerment," 30 May 2018 But our first stop was for lunch at the rustic Agriturismo Trinacria, a short drive from the villa. Alice Short,, "Avoiding pain and finding only pleasure in Sicily," 27 May 2018 Expansive accommodations The Holiday Inn Club Vacations Scottsdale Resort was renovated in 2016 and features 213 villas, including the exclusive Signature Collection, for those looking for a more luxurious stay. Meghann Finn Sepulveda, azcentral, "Holiday Inn Club Vacations Scottsdale Resort is your home away from home this summer," 9 May 2018 But prosecutors detailed more than a dozen flights on private jets paid for by Melgen as well as other significant gifts, including use of Melgen's Caribbean villa, a Paris hotel stay and golf outings. Mike Debonis,, "Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez is 'severely admonished' by Ethics Committee," 26 Apr. 2018 The detention request says that women who were with Raniere chased the car that took him away from the villa. NBC News, "Female sex slaves were branded with group leader's initials, say feds," 26 Mar. 2018 Rent a villa, invite entire family and a few friends to a weeks-long party, travel included. Alice Driver, Longreads, "‘Forgive Yourself. And Forgive Me.’," 20 Mar. 2018 Dozens of islands lie beyond the tourist hubs, comprising ancient fishing villages, private villas, rich archaeological sites, vineyards and, on one speck of dry land, an Armenian monastery. Patrick Rogers, Town & Country, "Exploring Venice's Exclusive Private Islands," 12 Mar. 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

: a house in the city with a yard and garden


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Kids Definition of villa

: a large house or estate usually in the country

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