vil·​la ˈvi-lə How to pronounce villa (audio)
: a country estate
: the rural or suburban residence of a wealthy person
British : a detached or semidetached urban residence with yard and garden space

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 Both villas have their own large private pools, while a half-dozen of the top suites in the main hotel offer plunge pools. Nicolas Stecher, Robb Report, 16 Feb. 2024 These are all nods to the 17th-century villa in Florence that Sodi once called home. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Feb. 2024 Because of that view, researchers wonder whether Pliny could have seen the eruption of Mount Vesuvius from the villa. Julia Binswanger, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Feb. 2024 This will lay the foundation for one day being able to scan and read all 800 scrolls discovered so far, as well as any additional scrolls that are unearthed should the remaining levels of the villa finally be excavated. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 5 Feb. 2024 Two villa homes—one of each of the aforementioned floor plans—are available for immediate move-in. Kansas City Star, 25 Jan. 2024 If an Italian villa and a classic and understated look is more your style, pale pink damask wallpaper makes the perfect backdrop ($55, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 This welcome addition in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the Kansas City Metropolitan area offers both luxury and maintenance provided villas. Weichert, Realtors® Welch & Company and Lambie Homes, Kansas City Star, 28 Jan. 2024 Later that evening, the women were taping a scene at the villa, where a snake charmer was performing. Kate Aurthur, Variety, 26 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


Italian, from Latin; akin to Latin vicus village — more at vicinity

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of villa was in 1611

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Cite this Entry

“Villa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


vil·​la ˈvil-ə How to pronounce villa (audio)
: a country estate
: a large expensive house usually located in the country

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Vil·​la ˈvē-yə How to pronounce Villa (audio)
Francisco 1878–1923 Pancho ˈpän-(ˌ)chō How to pronounce Villa (audio)
Villa originally Doroteo Arango Mexican bandit and revolutionary

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