vil·​lag·​er | \ ˈvi-li-jər How to pronounce villager (audio) \

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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Myanmar’s military and Buddhist mobs launched attacks against Rohingya villagers, who have described mass killings, rape, mutilation and arson. Vidya Krishnan, Los Angeles Times, "‘We live like animals': Refugee leader gives Rohingya a voice," 16 Sep. 2019 Angela Johnson said the villagers were deeply appreciative of the supplies. NBC News, "Helicopter pilot discovers villagers stranded in debris in the Bahamas," 15 Sep. 2019 The policy was also applied in cities, but villagers were usually more daring about trying to resist it. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Kay Ann Johnson, 73, Who Studied China’s One-Child Policy, Dies," 29 Aug. 2019 The centuries-old concept enabled villagers, explorers, military troops and, later, tourists to travel safely through the Alps and Dolomites. Allen Pierleoni, The Mercury News, "Tahoe adventures: Squaw’s Via Ferrata takes to the peaks," 18 Aug. 2019 The villagers have been using the resources of the river for thousands of years. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "India’s holiest river is drying up," 9 Aug. 2019 Nearby villagers, Atlas says, are glad of the work the settlement offers—around a thousand jobs, mostly in construction, maintenance and agriculture. David Degner, Smithsonian, "Two Tour Guides—One Israeli, One Palestinian—Offer a New Way to See the Holy Land," 9 July 2019 Visitors are meant to simply wander through the outpost’s meandering alleys, duck inside market stalls, ask for directions from costumed re-enactor villagers and explore the surprisingly expansive property. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge photos: See inside Disneyland’s immersive new ‘land’," 30 May 2019 Giay said villagers who fled into the mountainous jungle were in danger of being sick from cold and hunger. Niniek Karmini, The Seattle Times, "Indonesia rejects rebels’ demand on Papua independence talks," 11 Dec. 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 How to pronounce villager (audio) \

Kids Definition of villager

: a person who lives in a village

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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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