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 Each city, village and town in Wisconsin sets its own hours and dates for in-person absentee voting. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wednesday is the last day to register online or by mail to vote in Wisconsin. Here's what to know -- and what deadlines are next.," 12 Oct. 2020 Her story follows Shae, a common village girl with a mysterious power. Mary Sollosi,, "Dylan Farrow on writing her debut YA novel Hush, a fantasy for 2020," 12 Oct. 2020 The family of Luther’s girlfriend has told the village store not to sell him more liquor. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "‘We Were Bulletproof’: As Child Soldiers Grow Up, Legacy of War Lingers," 12 Oct. 2020 German winemakers tend to favor full disclosure and often put lots of information on their labels—producer name, vineyard name, village name, grape ripeness. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "5 Intimidating Wines That Are Actually Easy to Love," 8 Oct. 2020 The woodland lodgelike space has been further enhanced with outdoor picnic tables in front, and a charming patio along the alley behind the village fire station. Nick Kindelsperger,, "The 25 best pizzas in Chicago — from scrappy newcomers to beloved classics," 7 Oct. 2020 Around the state, rising cases have triggered school closures and village lockdowns. Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s coronavirus cases are hitting new highs. A summer surge didn’t turn into a crisis. Will this one?," 6 Oct. 2020 The novel, presumably finished before the protests of this past summer, scants issues of race and violence in policing, but French’s portrayal of intimate village dynamics is nuanced and compelling. The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 5 Oct. 2020 An embarrassed villager in Aberhosan, Wales, has learned their old TV has been messing up the entire village broadband connection. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "How an Older TV Screwed Up an Entire Village’s Internet," 2 Oct. 2020

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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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17 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Village.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce village (audio)

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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