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

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 Only Benjamin remained in the village of Portbou, buried in a now unidentifiable grave. Adam Kirsch, The New York Review of Books, 25 May 2022 Beachfront accommodation is limited to one National Park Service campground, so most visitors stay in the village a couple miles from the beach. Marnie Hunter, CNN, 24 May 2022 The project is expected to reduce diesel costs in the village by about $200,000 annually, eliminating the need for about 25,000 gallons of fuel, Stamm said. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 22 May 2022 As the first war crimes trials in Ukraine are underway, prosecutors have identified another Russian soldier, a 30-year-old commander who allegedly ordered subordinates to kill civilians in the village of Lypivka, west of Bucha. Andrew Jeong, Washington Post, 21 May 2022 Ukraine hasn’t claimed responsibility for the attack in the village of Tyotkino. James Marson, WSJ, 19 May 2022 The kids were trapped in the village, hiding with her parents in their home, where there was no basement. James Verini, New York Times, 19 May 2022 Patel spent a few years in the village of Juna Mozda, in the western Indian state of Gujarat, and now focuses on understanding heart disease risk factors in communities across the country. Jyoti Madhusoodanan, Scientific American, 19 May 2022 Stay at the Smith and Vallee Guest House (from $350), a three-bedroom rental in an old schoolhouse that’s connected to a contemporary art gallery in the village of Edison. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, 18 May 2022 See More

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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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27 May 2022

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“Village.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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