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 ˈpän-(ˌ)chō (audio) , 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

And so the friendship continued and grew, especially during summers in the South of France, with only vineyards, fields of lavender and views of the Mediterranean separating their villas. Vance Muse, Houston Chronicle, "Houston socialite Lynn Wyatt recalls her times hanging out with friend Elton John," 14 June 2019 The couple was married on a cliff overlooking the water just below their villa. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "A Stylist’s Easy Elegant Wedding Overlooking the Ocean in Ibiza," 22 Apr. 2019 Clooney, who offered his Lake Como villa to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex last summer for a private escape, went as far as to compare Meghan’s experience with the media to that of Princess Diana. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "George Clooney Compared Meghan Markle's Media Scrutiny to That of Princess Diana," 12 Feb. 2019 Hotels are coming back online, and the island's private villa rentals are in a more than healthy state. David Jefferys, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Perfect (Long) Weekend in St. Barts," 16 Apr. 2018 What makes Porto Heli unique, and perhaps singular, is the combination of high-end properties, like Amanzoe and Nikki Beach; scattered mid-range beach hotels; and villa rentals. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "Porto Heli Might Be Greece's Best Kept Secret," 30 June 2017 Or rent a bicycle and cycle along the Strada del Franciacorta—a route that takes you past some of the region's most gorgeous villas, like the historic Palazzo Monti della Corte. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "Your Guide to a Perfect Vacation in Franciacorta—Italy's Secret Lake-Side Wine Region," 13 June 2019 Each suite mimics the sleek design of The Brando’s own villas (local miki miki wood floors and walls, pandan leaf roofing) while housing the largest overwater pools in French Polynesia. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "9 Beautiful Overwater Bungalows Around the World," 13 June 2019 For good summer deals on condos and villas, Everything SXM, named for the airport code SXM, is the go-to for bargain hunters. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "Summer on sale in the Caribbean: Stay at luxurious resorts at a huge discount," 11 June 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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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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