vil·​la | \ ˈvi-lə How to pronounce villa (audio) \

Definition of villa

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a country estate
2 : the rural or suburban residence of a wealthy person
3 British : a detached or semidetached urban residence with yard and garden space


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Vil·​la | \ ˈvē-yə How to pronounce Villa (audio) \

Definition of Villa (Entry 2 of 2)

Francisco 1878–1923 Pancho \ ˈpän-​(ˌ)chō How to pronounce Villa (audio) , ˈpan-​ \ Villa originally Doroteo Arango Mexican bandit and revolutionary

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Examples of villa in a Sentence

Noun They rented a seaside villa for two weeks. a millionaire with a luxurious villa in Mexico
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There are some villas in the area, but no obvious signs in satellite photos of unusual activity, said Zwirko. Simon Denyer,, "Where’s North Korea’s Kim? Lets see what the satellites say.," 29 Apr. 2020 Conrad Maldives Rangali Island While most villas in the Maldives are overwater, this one is underwater. Katie Lockhart, Travel + Leisure, "9 Incredible Private Villas in the Maldives That Hardly Seem Real," 26 Apr. 2020 Travelers are demanding that everything is squeaky clean, says Tim Kerin, who runs a luxury villa in Costa Rica. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus will reshape your next trip, for better or worse. Here's what to expect," 24 Apr. 2020 Among the discoveries at the death camp that was run by the SS was a tunnel from the soldiers' bathhouse, below the barbed wire fence and into a villa outside of the camp. Fox News, "Nazi concentration camp Sylt on island of Alderney revealed by archaeologists," 1 Apr. 2020 As well as bringing us a fresh group of islanders and a new villa to admire, the January series is likely to throw up many of the same linguistic debates as previous series. Rebecca Woods, Quartz, "The linguistic case for using the word “like” all the time," 28 Aug. 2019 The air strikes targeted a villa in southern Syria that Jerusalem says was being used by the IRGC and Shiite militias. Seth J. Frantzman, National Review, "Israel’s Strategy against Tehran: Revealing the Iranian Threat," 27 Aug. 2019 The survivor speaks of three young aggressors and a villa by the sea. Tim Parks, Harper's magazine, "Murder Italian Style," 19 Aug. 2019 She one-ups her own heartbroken spontaneity by purchasing a decrepit villa in Tuscany. Jacqueline Kantor, Curbed, "Beginning again when a home falls apart," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of villa


1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for villa


Italian, from Latin; akin to Latin vicus village — more at vicinity

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The first known use of villa was in 1611

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7 Jun 2020

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“Villa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of villa

: a large house or estate that is usually located in the country
: a house that you can rent and live in when on vacation
British : a house in the city with a yard and garden


vil·​la | \ ˈvi-lə How to pronounce villa (audio) \

Kids Definition of villa

: a large house or estate usually in the country

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