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

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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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The war monitoring group said rebel fighters advanced in one of the villages — Jebeen — after intense clashes. Washington Post, "World Digest: June 6, 2019," 6 June 2019 Day Trips: From mezcal distilleries to enormous markets, there are tons of fascinating villages and attractions just outside Oaxaca. Anna Deutsch, Harper's BAZAAR, "Just Back From…Oaxaca, Mexico," 22 May 2019 The Yazidis are an ancient religious minority who trace their roots to a number of small villages in a remote part of northern Iraq. Susannah George, The Seattle Times, "Nobel Peace winner Murad urges global fight against genocide," 8 Oct. 2018 Thousands of small villages were wiped off the map through a combination of people dying and fleeing. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Joanna of Naples," 3 July 2018 The plant serves as the basis for her daughter’s favorite food, and Mustafa, 30, would typically depend on her grandmother to send dried leaves over from the village of Mukhmas in the West Bank. Anya Van Wagtendonk,, "Truelove prizes seeds and stories from around the world," 2 July 2018 The little museum, opened in 2013, is dedicated to the role of Chambon and nearby villages in sheltering refugees, Jewish children in particular. Lucian Perkins, Smithsonian, "This French Town Has Welcomed Refugees for 400 Years," 27 June 2018 There was a time when Sacks considered positioning the market away from the village and instead closer to the Silas Deane Highway. Alison Kuznitz,, "Wethersfield Farmers' Market Celebrates 10 Years As A 'Community Asset'," 23 June 2018 As of October 2017, the combined population of the three villages was 24,788 — 212 short of the statutory requirement. Steve Sadin,, "Despite state push, Deerfield officials say additional emergency dispatch consolidation isn't needed," 18 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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English Language Learners Definition of village

: a small town in the country
: the people who live in a village


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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