noun, often attributive
vil·​lage | \ ˈvi-lij How to pronounce village (audio) \

Definition of village

1a : a settlement usually larger than a hamlet and smaller than a town
b : an incorporated minor municipality
2 : the residents of a village
3 : something (such as an aggregation of burrows or nests) suggesting a village
4 : a territorial area having the status of a village especially as a unit of local government

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Examples of village in a Sentence

Entire villages come to see the parade. we stayed in a charming bed-and-breakfast in a lakeside village
Recent Examples on the Web Davis said the goal of the Send-A-Hug program was to connect seniors in the village, who have been especially isolated during the coronavirus pandemic, with younger people in the community. Chuck Fieldman,, "Clarendon Hills Park District’s Send-a-Hug program brings care packages to seniors," 2 Mar. 2021 Meanwhile in Italy, the northern village of Corzano, population 1,400, has recently experienced an outbreak that infected at least 10 percent of residents. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, "Schools Must Reconsider Accelerating Plans To Reopen In Light Of Dangerous New Covid-19 Variants," 28 Feb. 2021 But one nearby village, nestled high in the Himalaya mountains, doesn’t think the glacier was responsible for the flooding, according to Yahoo News. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "In 1965, the CIA Lost Plutonium in the Himalayas. Did It Just Cause Deadly Floods?," 26 Feb. 2021 On July 14, 1967, to celebrate the opening of Wilde Lake, Columbia’s first village, pianist Van Cliburn and the National Symphony Orchestra played to 2,500 guests, including Vice President Hubert Humphrey. Mike Klingaman,, "Community guide 2021: Columbia," 21 Feb. 2021 The Alutiiq village of Port Lions, located on the northern part of Kodiak Island, has no grocery store—instead, residents can order staples such as flour and sugar, which are delivered by plane. Caroline Lester, The New Yorker, "The Rural Alaskan Towns Leading the Country in Vaccine Distribution," 21 Feb. 2021 The bill’s passage also played a role in the central Illinois village of Washburn, which disbanded its police force. Greg Bishop, Washington Examiner, "Pritzker expected to sign police reform bill as he includes elements in his proposed Illinois budget," 19 Feb. 2021 The village’s Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the building on Jan. 19. cleveland, "Orange council OKs purchase of prefab restroom building at park," 11 Feb. 2021 But the village of the poorest of Ms Shackle’s characters suffers outrageous expropriation. The Economist, "Tales of the city The volatile history of Karachi," 6 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of village

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for village

Middle English, from Anglo-French vilage, from vil manorial estate, farmstead, from Latin villa

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The first known use of village was in the 14th century

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4 Mar 2021

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“Village.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of village

: a small town in the country
: the people who live in a village


vil·​lage | \ ˈvi-lij How to pronounce village (audio) \

Kids Definition of village

1 : a place where people live that is usually smaller than a town
2 : the people living in a village The entire village turned out for the parade.

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