village

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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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 Seattle City Council is considering legislation that would make changes in 27 urban villages and some other areas while imposing new requirements on developers to help create affordable housing. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle City Council starts debate on upzones; here’s how neighborhoods across the city would be affected," 8 Jan. 2019 Matera, Italy Why: The holiday-makers who flock to Puglia’s tranquil white villages—and everyone else—have a new reason to make a detour to Matera, an ancient city perched on a limestone cliff in the the nearby region of Basilicata. Christina Pérez, Vogue, "Here’s Where to Travel in 2019," 26 Dec. 2018 Research for this article found that out of 12 villages visited in southern Malawi, only two had received assistance in developing adaptability strategies. Mélissa Godin, Teen Vogue, "Climate Change Is Creating a New Atmosphere of Gender Inequality for Women in Malawi," 20 Dec. 2018 Zemeckis uses his technical prowess to take a movie audience into the doll-village, now named Marwen. Jesse Hassenger, The Verge, "Welcome to Marwen is Robert Zemeckis’ most revealing movie — and his worst," 20 Dec. 2018 The small village of Newtok made the drastic decision to move, in part due to melting permafrost, back in 1994. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Melting Permafrost Poses a Huge Danger to Artic Infrastructure," 11 Dec. 2018 The Volcan de Fuego exploded in hail of ash and molten rock blanketing nearby villages with heavy ash at around noon. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Guatemala volcano eruption kills at least 65, forces thousands to evacuate," 2 Oct. 2018 Santa Cruz, California Mentone Key Players: Chef David Kinch Estimated Debut: Spring Mentone is the Italian spelling for the French village of Menton, near the border of France and Italy. Kat Odell, Vogue, "2019’s Most Anticipated American Restaurant Openings," 3 Jan. 2019 Earlier this year, the entire cast and crew traveled to the picturesque village—with tons of crushed ice in tow—to make some movie magic, according to Le Journal Saint-François. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Hallmark's 'A Majestic Christmas' Was Filmed in the Cutest Small Town—And You Can Visit," 2 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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village

noun

English Language Learners Definition of village

: a small town in the country

: the people who live in a village

village

noun
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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