vil·​la | \ ˈvi-lə How to pronounce villa (audio) \

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


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Vil·​la | \ ˈvē-yə How to pronounce Villa (audio) \

Definition of Villa (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Examples of villa in a Sentence

Noun They rented a seaside villa for two weeks. a millionaire with a luxurious villa in Mexico
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The modest expat Jewish community in the federation of seven sheikhdoms kept a low profile and prayed in an unmarked villa. Arkansas Online, "Virus-restricted Israelis find freedom to celebrate in Dubai," 1 Jan. 2021 He was born on a dining table in a villa on Corfu, Greece, the youngest in a family of four sisters. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, "‘Prince Philip Revealed’ Review: Ever at Her Side," 4 Dec. 2020 The veteran big man, who reached the NBA Finals with the Miami Heat before losing to the Lakers, is renting out a Mediterranean-style villa in the Beverly Hills Post Office area for $35,000 a month. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property: Lakers legend Derek Fisher lists home court in Tarzana," 14 Nov. 2020 The conference room next to Marsalek’s office in the villa was kitted out with noise-absorbing wall coverings and an antenna directed at the Russian consulate across the street—though the purpose remains a mystery. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Note: Destroying the Town to Save it — Lockdown Update," 12 Nov. 2020 Federal prosecutors originally linked the purchase of an $8 million villa in Porto Cervo, and Valcke's use of it until he was suspended in 2015, to beIN and FIFA sealing a World Cup rights deal without rival bids. Graham Dunbar, Star Tribune, "Swiss court puts Qatari on trial in soccer case next week," 11 Sep. 2020 The Guardian’s Steven Morris reports that the mosaic reflects a decline in quality compared with fourth-century work found at the same villa and elsewhere in Britain. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Stunning Mosaic Found in England Shows Some Lived in Luxury During ‘Dark Ages’," 11 Dec. 2020 In 1925, George and Alice settled in a villa, once owned by Galileo near Florence, Italy, and continued to host prominent members of British society, including Winston Churchill. Olivia Hosken, Town & Country, "Who is Alice Keppel? Camilla's Ancestor was Mistress to King Edward VII," 24 Nov. 2020 Both skeletons were found in a side room along an underground corridor, or passageway, known in ancient Roman times as a cryptoporticus, which led to to the upper level of the villa. Frances D'emilio,, "No escape: New remains, believed to be a rich man and slave, discovered in Pompeii," 21 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of villa was in 1611

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13 Jan 2021

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“Villa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce villa (audio) \

Kids Definition of villa

: a large house or estate usually in the country

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