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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On a Friday in late August, armed Arab villagers entered Jerusalem for weekly prayers. Douglas J. Feith, National Review, "The Hebron Riots of 1929: Consequences and Lessons," 27 Aug. 2019 The villagers begin to wonder why Martin Guerre is such a different man. Susan Dunne,, "French classic 'Return of Martin Guerre’ at Cinestudio," 26 Aug. 2019 There, anthropologists reported that suicide was discussed casually and that villagers had little belief in an afterlife. Elizabeth Culotta, Science | AAAS, "Have humans developed natural defenses against suicide?," 22 Aug. 2019 Before long, Alexandra and Yongden were once again living the life, walking with other pilgrims and staying with different villagers each night. Ailsa Ross, Longreads, "Mountains, Transcending," 9 Aug. 2019 Once the villagers start dancing, there's no stopping. Elena Nicolaou,, "How Midsommar's May Queen Scene Connects To A Real Swedish Legend," 5 July 2019 Remarkably, some 132 survivors were rescued on or near Islay, with local villagers wading into the waves and pulling the injured to the island’s safety. Richard Kurin, Smithsonian, "A Hundred-Year-Old Handmade American Flag Flies Home… to Scotland," 30 Apr. 2018 The top official in Mon state, Aye Zan, had visited the site and villagers who were evacuated to a relief camp to escape floods following torrential rains. Washington Post, "Death toll in Myanmar landslide climbs to 56," 12 Aug. 2019 Traditional leaders, who are bound by the Constitution to remain politically independent, corralled their villagers into voting for Mr. Mnangagwa, the election monitoring team’s report said. New York Times, "A Coup Offered Hope to Zimbabwe. Has Its New President Delivered?," 10 Aug. 2019

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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 make a temporary encampment

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