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 ˈpän-(ˌ)chō (audio) , ˈpan-​\ Villa originally Doroteo Arango Mexican bandit and revolutionary

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Examples of villa in a Sentence


They rented a seaside villa for two weeks. a millionaire with a luxurious villa in Mexico

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The villas can easily and comfortably sleep up to eight guests; the master bedroom includes one king-sized bed and the other room has two double beds. Republic Media Content Marketing Staff, azcentral, "Hilton Scottsdale," 26 Apr. 2018 The main villa has four bedrooms and three-and-a-half-baths. Danielle Fox, ELLE Decor, "Al Capone’s Former Miami Beach Mansion is For Sale," 19 Apr. 2018 The villas keep true to the lands heritage, inspired by Australia’s Federation period, spanning secluded views of the mesmerizing scenery. Catherine Ridha, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Remote Valley is Australia's Best Kept Secret," 21 Mar. 2018 The top prize doesn't just include ownership of the villa, either. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "You Could Become The Owner of This Gorgeous Italian Villa—For Free," 3 Apr. 2019 Hall believes the piece, a popular fox trot of the day, was performed in 1942 or ’43 by the prisoners in front of the commandant’s villa for Sunday concerts for Auschwitz garrison. Jeff Karoub, The Seattle Times, "Michigan professor unearths inmates’ music from Auschwitz," 27 Nov. 2018 Here's a video of the villa: For an even more eye-opening insight into the royal levels of luxury: The Villa was listed for a cool $39 million back in 2015, and sold for a casual $41 million. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's New Sydney Home Is Breathtaking," 15 Aug. 2018 The brother of former Afghan President Hamad Karzai also profited from the sale of a Palm Jumeirah villa at the time. Washington Post, "Report describes Dubai real estate as money-laundering haven," 12 June 2018 The rooms are elegantly appointed, offering modern comforts while maintaining the villa's historic pedigree. Town & Country, "These Are the 83 Top Hotels Around the World," 6 Oct. 2016

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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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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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