vil·​lage ˈvi-lij How to pronounce village (audio)
often attributive
: a settlement usually larger than a hamlet and smaller than a town
: an incorporated minor municipality
: the residents of a village
: something (such as an aggregation of burrows or nests) suggesting a village
: 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 Bottles from one of these villages will be labeled with its name rather than Beaujolais. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 12 May 2024 Ukrainian journalists reported that the villages of Borysivka, Ohirtseve, Pylna, and Strilecha were taken by Russian troops Friday. Vasilisa Stepanenko and Evgeniy Maloletka, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for village 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of village was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Village.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


vil·​lage ˈvil-ij How to pronounce village (audio)
: a place somewhat smaller than a town
: the people living in a village

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