village

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

Definition of village

1 a :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

Examples of village in a Sentence

  1. Entire villages come to see the parade.

  2. we stayed in a charming bed-and-breakfast in a lakeside village

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Origin and Etymology of village

Middle English, from Anglo-French vilage, from vil manorial estate, farmstead, from Latin villa

village Synonyms

Synonyms
bourg, hamlet, townlet, vill, whistle-stop
Related Words
cow town, Podunk; outpost

VILLAGE Defined for English Language Learners

village

noun

Definition of village for English Language Learners

  • : a small town in the country

  • : the people who live in a village


VILLAGE Defined for Kids

village

noun vil·lage \ ˈvi-lij \

Definition of village for Students

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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