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
Recent Examples on the Web When the sun heats up, get on Highway 1 and drive two hours south to Los Barriles, a fishing village and kitesurfing mecca on windswept Las Palmas Bay. Jen Murphy, Condé Nast Traveler, 4 Oct. 2021 Family-friendly, slight fright event in 19th century village inside Sharon Woods. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 4 Oct. 2021 Mathus acknowledged issues go back to the prior administration, but noted Bryant was a village trustee at the time. Bill Jones,, 4 Oct. 2021 According to village documents, Harbor Freight Tools has more than 1,200 stores across the country and 24,000 employees. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 Oct. 2021 Three years ago, Eklutna’s tribal government and Alaska Native village corporation, as well as The Conservation Fund, blew up and removed that dam. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Oct. 2021 Siem Lafleur was born in this village 29 years ago, the youngest of Clodine’s then five children. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, 3 Oct. 2021 The little girl is recovering from her injuries at the house of a friend of her father's in Zétroit, a village 20 minutes from Pestel on the other side of the bay. Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 The view out front is an expanse of shining rooftops making up the largest Marine base in the country, complete with a faux Afghan village for raid training. Hillary Kelly, Los Angeles Times, 30 Sep. 2021

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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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The first known use of village was in the 14th century

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6 Oct 2021

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“Village.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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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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