vil·​lag·​er | \ ˈvi-li-jər \

Definition of villager

: an inhabitant of a village

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Synonyms & Antonyms for villager


burgher, citizen, townie (or towny), townsman



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Examples of villager in a Sentence

the villagers have a reputation for being polite and helpful to the tourists

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The story, though, became controversial after survivors who reached Bangladesh gave conflicting testimony to reporters, with some blaming ethnic Rakhine villagers instead. Washington Post, "Rights group: Rohingya insurgents massacred Myanmar Hindus," 22 May 2018 The volcano, which had been dormant for nearly 50 years, erupted twice in as many days, sending villagers scrambling for shelter as clouds of volcanic ash rained down. Newsweek, "President Obama’s Border Disorder," 14 Mar. 2018 Earlier this month, villagers stood in a queue to purchase drinking water because their ground water was contaminated., "Bloomberg," 24 Jan. 2018 After one of the men was observed speaking with a local child in a market, the group was detained and beaten by local villagers, bludgeoning five of them to death. Eli Meixler, Time, "Five Killed in Latest Mob Attack After Rumors on Social Media. Here’s What to Know About India's WhatsApp Murders," 3 July 2018 Last year, seven men in the eastern state of Jharkhand were murdered by angry villagers in two separate incidents after rumours circulated on WhatsApp warning of kidnappers in the area. The Economist, "WhatsApp: Mark Zuckerberg’s other headache," 25 Jan. 2018 But like any wedding day, there have been some occasional mishaps: During their ceremony in Ethiopia, Fix planned to surprise his bride with a traditional gown made from cow hide by villagers. Asher Fogle, Good Housekeeping, "This Couple Has Been Married 12 Times," 12 Aug. 2015 Residents and aid workers say Boko Haram has continued to carry out deadly attacks on villagers and military officials. Amanda Erickson, The Seattle Times, "At least one kidnapped aid worker in Nigeria has been killed by Boko Haram," 15 Oct. 2018 The holy man made his living providing ritual sacrifices and herbal medicines for a hefty price and Samta’s generosity towards her villagers was damaging his business. Seema Yasmin, SELF, "In Rural India, Protecting Women From Witch Hunting, and an Impending Flood," 17 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of villager

1570, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of villager

: a person who lives in a village


vil·​lag·​er | \ ˈvi-li-jər \

Kids Definition of villager

: a person who lives in a village

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