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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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 Garzón, a small village near the southeastern coast of Uruguay, is often described as a one-horse town. Paola Singer, ELLE Decor, "In an Expat Enclave of Rural Uruguay, a Couple Finds Tranquility at Home," 1 Dec. 2018 That’s what’s happening in the small village of Innaarsuit, starting last week. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Giant Iceberg Threatens Entire Greenland Village," 19 July 2018 In countries that might not be as developed, a bike allows you to ride into villages, meet and talk with locals, and see the true beauty of the country up close and personal! Annie Daly, SELF, "12 Beautiful Biking Destinations You’ll Want to Add to Your Bucket List," 18 July 2018 Although some might have political objections to a film that celebrates bringing Western culture to a remote village in India, ignore those spoilsports and enjoy a fascinating musical odyssey. Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Piano to Zanskar': Film Review | Edinburgh 2018," 5 July 2018 GiveWell recounts what went wrong with one intervention that didn’t live up to expectations: PlayPumps, a merry-go-round that was also supposed to pump water and which replaced standard pumps in some villages. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "It’s surprisingly hard to give away billions of dollars," 11 Dec. 2018 Beginning in the Rocky Mountain village of Estes Park, Colorado, this drive is especially gorgeous when the aspen trees that dot the road turn bright gold. Juliet Izon, Woman's Day, "The 12 Most Scenic Drives in the Country to Add to Your Bucket List ASAP," 4 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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