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

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Navarro’s great-uncle, José Antonio Marco Viedma, was 33 years old when he was executed with fifteen others by Franco’s army in the small village of Calatayud in September 1936. Joseph Zeballos-roig, The New Republic, "How to Dig Up a Dictator," 11 July 2018 Ten years ago, Jan Scrutton and her family moved from a rural village in England to the San Francisco Bay area. Jennifer Breheny Wallace, ajc, "Even casual ties to others can better your health," 10 July 2018 Approved by the village in 2013 and opened in 2015, several large-scale public meetings were held to get resident input on that project. Janelle Walker, Elgin Courier-News, "Construction set to start on South Elgin senior housing complex," 3 July 2018 The building is one of 16 structures protected by the village in the Old Orland historic district. David Gleisner, Daily Southtown, "Orland Park's 'first and oldest' home is on the market," 2 July 2018 The people in a village in Madhya Pradesh, India, have to walk several miles in the hot sun each day to find a well that has water in it. National Geographic, "Why These Children Are Forced to Scale a 40-Foot Well," 22 June 2018 And at one time, Yosemite Falls served as home base for the Yosemite Indians, who lived at the base of the falls in a village called Ah-wah´-nee. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "North America’s Most Spectacular Waterfalls," 18 June 2018 At the wake the next day, in a tiny village in Apopa where a few years ago the gangs would never have bothered extending their tentacles, little more was said about how Landaverde came to be there. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "Gangs in El Salvador are using women's bodies for 'revenge and control'," 14 June 2018 Sofia is a 32-year-old Malawian woman living in a remote village in the southern district of Chikwawa. Mélissa Godin, Teen Vogue, "Climate Change Is Creating a New Atmosphere of Gender Inequality for Women in Malawi," 20 Dec. 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 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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