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 With a year-round population of less than 700 people, this tiny village on Cayuga Lake is just over four hours from New York City and Philadelphia. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, "10 of the Best Small Towns on the East Coast," 7 Apr. 2021 The village of Lamanele on Adonara island suffered the highest losses with 60 bodies recovered so far and 12 missing. Time, "The Death Toll From the Indonesian Landslides Has Risen to 119 With Dozens Still Missing," 7 Apr. 2021 The village of Greendale is getting two new trustees. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Greendale Village Board is getting two new trustees," 6 Apr. 2021 McKnight also remembered another royal highlight of his career: when Princess Diana met his mother during a visit to a factory near the Scottish village where his mom lived. Stephanie Petit,, "Princess Diana's Split-Second Decision That Led to Her Signature Haircut," 6 Apr. 2021 In another village, Waiburak, three people were killed and seven remained missing when overnight rains caused rivers to burst their banks, sending muddy water into large areas of East Flores district, Ola said. NBC News, "41 killed in landslides and floods in Indonesia; dozens missing," 5 Apr. 2021 The outcrop's nickname was inspired by a mountain in southeastern France near the village of Nontron. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "A rare interstellar comet reveals its secrets and 5 other top space and science stories this week," 3 Apr. 2021 Highlights of the 2021-22 fiscal year budget for the village were shared with the Village Board on March 15 and March 31. Jennifer Johnson,, "Proposed Niles budget shows lost revenues, recommendation to borrow $18.7 million for street repairs," 2 Apr. 2021 Reuters reported that the U.N.’s determination came after a division of the U.N.'s mission in the country interviewed more than 400 people and studied satellite images from the Jan. 3, 2021 strike in the remote village called Bounti. Fox News, "France denies report airstrike in Mali killed 19 civilians at wedding," 31 Mar. 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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9 Apr 2021

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“Village.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 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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