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

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Children waited their turn at the buzzing carousel, across from the monument to the many village dead. Sylvie Bigar, Washington Post, "Her uncle died with the French Resistance, and she had to visit the spot," 30 Aug. 2019 Unlike the state or villages, the road district relies on real estate taxes as its source of funds., "Letter: Township road district provides value to residents," 29 Aug. 2019 The village’s memorial includes a steel beam salvaged from the World Trade Center, as well as an eternal flame, fountain and etched glass panels inscribed with the names of the victims. Austen Erblat,, "Remembering 9/11: Events planned throughout Palm Beach County," 29 Aug. 2019 Views vary from street and village views to harbor and beach vistas. Pamela Wright,, "Block Island Beach House is updated, but still honors the past," 29 Aug. 2019 The goal is to create massive systems to harvest water for entire villages. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "How This Harvester Literally Makes Water Out of Thin Air," 29 Aug. 2019 Get up close with this intricate fishing village/mining town/performance spot gracing the far end of the playa. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "Back to the playa: Burning Man 2019 brings images of fire and fun," 28 Aug. 2019 The village is surrounded by rivers, and the same families have lived there for generations, most of them sharing the surname Wang. Han Zhang, The New Yorker, "In “One Child Nation,” Nanfu Wang Confronts China’s History, and Her Own," 27 Aug. 2019 The Connecticut teenagers, from schools throughout the state, joined 16 French students in restoring the original outline of a trench in woods skirting the tiny farming village (pop. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Students return to trenches where Connecticut soldiers fought a century ago," 24 Aug. 2019

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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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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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