vil·​lag·​er ˈvi-li-jər How to pronounce villager (audio)
: an inhabitant of a village

Example Sentences

the villagers have a reputation for being polite and helpful to the tourists
Recent Examples on the Web Agnieszka Fryszman, a lawyer for the Indonesian villagers at law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, said the terms are confidential. Reuters, CNN, 16 May 2023 With the villagers only too willing to believe Marianne, the woman Mr. Willoughby jilted, to be the murderer, Juliet enlists Jonathan once again to help clear her friend’s name. Yvonne Zipp, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 May 2023 Local pastor Federico Pelico told the Associated Press that the villagers had grown accustomed to the noise of rockfall in recent years and were always aware of the risk. Leo Sands, Washington Post, 11 May 2023 Regions were more generic and largely devoid of life, with the exception of a sky island occupied by a handful of villagers. Zachary Small, New York Times, 4 May 2023 On the ground, villagers say accountability is hard to come by. Rachel Chason And Chloe Sharrock, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Apr. 2023 During these times the powerful and the wealthy were privatizing fields, ponds and forests previously held as commons, evicting villagers from the natural resources that had sustained them for centuries. Silvia Federici, Scientific American, 17 Apr. 2023 For the mountain villagers of L'Espunyola, the answer is divine intervention. Emilio Morenatti, ajc, 26 Mar. 2023 Because of its solitary location, surrounded by mountains on all sides and shut off to the rest of the world before modern transportation, villagers here developed not only this unusual type of architecture but also a strong sense of community. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 23 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1570, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of villager was in 1570

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“Villager.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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vil·​lag·​er ˈvil-ij-ər How to pronounce villager (audio)
: a person living in a village

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