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

The villa grounds are a favorite of wedding photographers. Jay Jones,, "Here's what 57,000 flowers create at Vegas' Bellagio Conservatory, where love is in the air," 12 July 2018 Driver could also see extensive crop marks denoting the presence of the Roman or Iron Age settlement of Trewen, which was once either a farmstead or a villa. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A Heat Wave is Revealing Centuries-Old Sites in Wales," 11 July 2018 And for those seeking seclusion, a short drive away on the banks of Lake Gangapur are seven rooms with views overlooking the lake and a huge and new, strikingly modern villa—perhaps the perfect spots to dream about a winery of one’s own. Robert Joseph, A-LIST, "Hired It Through The Grapevine," 2 July 2018 Buda, on the Danube’s west bank, is the hilly, historic home to Hungary’s major monuments and exclusive, villa-laden neighborhoods. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "The Best of Budapest: A Guide for Strategic Travelers," 27 June 2018 Today, the station looks like a Spanish villa set against New York’s rolling hills. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Restored 19th-century train station home asks $895K," 8 June 2018 The richer of the two, Mondadori, courts him with invitations to his villa and lavish cash payments, while the other, Einaudi, eagerly matches them. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "Hemingway’s Last Girl," 12 July 2018 The villa is in the province of Chieti, within walking distance of the small town of Santa Maria Imbaro, which has a variety of shops. New York Times, "House Hunting in … Italy," 27 June 2018 The frescoes have been superbly restored—the conservation works are still in progress—and how grateful one is: This villa is, in every way, a revelation of beauty. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Where Hamish Bowles Partied, Shopped, and Marveled at Architecture in Rome," 22 June 2018

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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


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Kids Definition of villa

: a large house or estate usually in the country

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