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 exploring one of the region’s top-notch parks to picnicking next to a waterfront Italian-style villa, the city offers plenty to pique the interest of both adults and children. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The best things to do with kids in 13 U.S. cities," 20 Nov. 2018 Everyone then relocated back to the main villa for a reception overlooking the village of Il Borro. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "That’s Amore: This Couple Had a Romantic, Rainy Wedding at a Tiny Chapel in Tuscany," 17 Oct. 2018 From the secluded dock, an arbor of fragrant jasmine borders the stone path leading to the villa and poolside patio. Patrick Rogers, Town & Country, "Exploring Venice's Exclusive Private Islands," 12 Mar. 2018 Feasts straight from Vista Celestial’s on-property garden are an incentive to finally emerge from your private villa, and a steep yet scenic hike towards the manager’s coffee plantation guarantees great (Instagram) shots of caffeine. Marissa Miller, Teen Vogue, "13 Dream Vacations to Add to Your Bucket List," 24 Oct. 2018 Television images showed Abdi being led out of his villa in a posh neighborhood in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa. Elias Meseret, Fox News, "Ethiopia arrests ex-president of the Somali region," 27 Aug. 2018 The 4,100-square-foot house is split into five rectangular boxes situated around a central courtyard, giving the house the feel of interconnected villas. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Surprisingly cozy stone house marries old and new," 1 Aug. 2018 The pesticide that caused the family to fall ill was applied in the unit below their villa. Kelly Mccleary, CNN, "Terminix employee indicted in family's pesticide poisoning," 14 Apr. 2018 Photo: courtesy of Longleat Hedge Maze Il Labirinto D'Amore, Stra, Italy In the 18th century, the Doge of Venice, Alvise Pisani, commissioned architects to design a maze of hornbeam hedges in his villa's extensive gardens just outside of Venice. Brynn Mannino, Woman's Day, "9 Magnificent Manmade Mazes," 30 Sep. 2010

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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


vil·​la | \ˈvi-lə \

Kids Definition of villa

: a large house or estate usually in the country

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