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 The program is located at the Avon Board of Education office, 36600 Detroit Road with the village housed behind the office building. cleveland, "Safety Town program registrations begin soon in area communities: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 15 Feb. 2020 Another government helicopter gunship was downed three days earlier, near the village of Nairab. Washington Post, "Freezing weather compounds crisis for displaced in Syria," 15 Feb. 2020 Fiddleheads plans to seek approvals from the village in late February. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fiddleheads Coffee Roasters plans to turn a Shorewood paint store into a cafe," 14 Feb. 2020 High wind, blowing snow and reduced visibility prevented flights from reaching the village, including medical flights that could have helped Whitley, Markiewicz said. Dan Joling, Anchorage Daily News, "Assault victim dies in Southwest Alaska village after severe weather delays emergency response," 10 Feb. 2020 The village had captured about 10 monkeys the previous week, Murasaki said. National Geographic, "Circus-like performances by snow monkeys in Japan contradict their long-revered status," 8 Feb. 2020 The village had to build low-cost housing to justify keeping its elementary school open. Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, "France Says Au Revoir to the Cafe," 7 Feb. 2020 He was joined by Mohamed Zrwal, Aziz Fath, and Hamid Lomani – fathers of migrants from the same village. Ryley Graham, USA TODAY, "Moroccan families mourn drowning of 45 who used risky migration route to Spain," 7 Feb. 2020 Also, before Daniel’s time, there was a fatal road accident, in which six inhabitants of the village crashed into a seventh. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Harley Quinn Isn’t the Most Criminal Thing in “Birds of Prey”," 7 Feb. 2020

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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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18 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Village.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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