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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Synonyms for village


hamlet, vill, whistle-stop

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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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This definitive memoir traces the arc of his life from a small village, to his years as a revolutionary, to his long imprisonment, and ultimately his ascension to unifying President, leader, and global icon. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Barack Obama's New Summer Reading List Has a Theme," 13 July 2018 The two journalists had worked on an investigation of the killing of 10 Rohingya villagers in Inn Din village, for which the government said seven soldiers were sentenced to up 10 years in prison with hard labor. Frank Miles, Fox News, "Burma court rules Reuters reporters can face full trial; Haley decries decision," 10 July 2018 Last year saw the opening of a new $700 million student village, which has housing for 2,500 undergrads, a sun-baked quad presided over by a clocktower, and commercial spaces that house a Target, Trader Joe’s, and CorePower Yoga. Alex Bhattacharji, Town & Country, "Can USC Survive Scandal and Shed Its Spoiled-Kid Reputation Once and For All?," 10 July 2018 In 2010, the commission reorganized and partnered with the village, relying on private donations and sponsors to operate annual Fourth of July festivities, organizers said. Pioneer Press,, "Niles 4th of July parade featured marching bands, bevvy of patriotic revelry," 9 July 2018 Weekend activities include jump pad, jump pillow, obstacle course, pipe swing, triple slide, pedal karts, blue-choo, tram rides, goat village, Johnson’s town, corn box and games. Annie Alleman, Post-Tribune, "Berries are ripe for the picking at Northwest Indiana farms," 6 July 2018 Because of the remoteness of some villages, the response can be expensive. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Meet the city health worker who tracks down tuberculosis patients in Anchorage," 3 July 2018 For starters, there are free daily shuttles that connect the park with neighboring villages, all of which are handicap-friendly. Samantha Lefave, Outside Online, "The Best National Parks for Those with Disabilities," 1 July 2018 On a yacht off of the coast of Portofino, a fishing village on the Italian Riviera coastline, Kourtney was spotted with her friend, Simon Huck, her boyfriend, Younes Bendjima, and two of her children, Mason and Penelope. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kourtney Kardashian Just Wore the Tiniest Bikini on Vacation with Her Boyfriend," 30 June 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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The first known use of village was in the 14th century

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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 \

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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obstinately defiant of authority

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