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 Trump family bought the resort in 2012 out of bankruptcy and then spent, according to its own tally, $250 million to renovate the 800-acre complex, remaking its lobby, golf courses and meeting center and constructing new luxury villas. Eric Lipton, New York Times, "For Trump Organization, Office Skyscrapers Make Up for Lagging Hotels," 25 Dec. 2019 Spanning 42 acres of cork trees, umbrella pines and pristine sand, the property features an award-winning spa, a garden with over 60 types of flowers and herbs, three restaurants, and standalone villas. Jaimie Potters, ELLE Decor, "A Design Lover's Guide to Exploring Alentejo, Portugal's Best-Kept Secret," 23 Dec. 2019 When paid fully in cash, the same overwater superior villa costs 167,000 XPF ($1,546 USD) per night. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Luxury Hotels Worth Cashing In Your Marriott Bonvoy Points For," 23 Dec. 2019 Each villa boasts a large sitting area, fireplace and king-size bed. Karen Kelso, Orange County Register, "Great Escape: Having a Tuscan time in Temecula," 18 Dec. 2019 Archaeologists unearthed wood from a Roman villa when digging Rome's subway—and scientists determined the planks came all the way from France. Christopher Intagliata reports. Christopher Intagliata, Scientific American, "Romans Would Roam for Wood," 10 Dec. 2019 Complexes with a total of five million apartments and villas were launched between 2009 and 2019 according to PropEquity, a real-estate research company. Eric Bellman, WSJ, "India’s ‘Ghost Towns’ Saddle Middle Class With Debt—and Broken Dreams," 16 Jan. 2020 There are endless fetes to enjoy, on boats, beaches and hillside villas. Kristin Braswell, USA TODAY, "Find the right Caribbean island, from luxurious St. Barths to budget-friendly Puerto Rico," 14 Jan. 2020 Lodging The Inns at Geneva National, on the same grounds as the Ice Castles, has villas with one- and two-bedroom guest rooms available, with shared common spaces, including a full kitchen. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Ice Castles aren't the only winter attraction in Lake Geneva," 12 Dec. 2019

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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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19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Villa.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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