noun, often attributive
vil·lage | \ˈvi-lij \

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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Synonyms for village


hamlet, vill, whistle-stop

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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

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The two-hour summertime event drew about 85 pets and their persons to the district's 10-acre Canine Campus Dog Park along 84th Avenue at the village’s southern limit. Dennis Sullivan, Daily Southtown, "Dog days of summer: Tinley Park district throws Beach Pawty at Canine Campus park," 9 July 2018 The state is trying to mitigate this through a series of public service announcements, posters on bulletin boards and outreach to villages, as the lack of working runway lights can keep flights from landing. Author: Krysti Shallenberger, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska airstrip vandalism is highest in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and officials are trying to stop it," 20 June 2018 Under the measure, smoking and vaping are banned in the village’s three parks., "New England news in brief," 29 May 2018 Police said Wednesday that Pakistani soldiers continued targeting dozens of Indian border posts and villages with mortars and automatic gunfire for the sixth straight day in the Jammu region. Fox News, "Tensions soar between India, Pakistan along Kashmir frontier," 23 May 2018 In 2009, Typhoon Morakot killed almost 700 people in Taiwan, including about 400 when their village was wiped out by flooding and landslides. Washington Post, "Typhoon Maria barrels into China after pounding Taiwan," 12 July 2018 In April India celebrated the electrification of its last village, yet about 240m people remain without power and connections are often unreliable. The Economist, "Mini-grids may be the best way to illuminate the “bottom billion”," 12 July 2018 Check with your local village, city or chamber of commerce for the schedule. Vickie Snow Jurkowski, Daily Southtown, "From fests to concerts to stargazing, lots of events offer free admission this summer," 12 July 2018 In 2009, Typhoon Morakot killed almost 700 people in Taiwan, including about 400 when their village was wiped out by flooding and landslides. Fox News, "Typhoon Maria barrels into China after pounding Taiwan," 11 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of village

: a small town in the country

: the people who live in a village


vil·lage | \ˈvi-lij \

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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