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Definition of town

1a : a compactly settled area usually larger than a village but smaller than a city
b : a compactly settled area as distinguished from surrounding rural territory
c : a large densely populated urban area : city
d : an English village having a periodic fair or market
2 : a particular town or city under consideration the circus came to town
3 : the city or urban life as contrasted with the country
4a : the inhabitants of a city or town practically the whole town turned out for the parade
b : the townspeople of a college or university town as distinct from the academic community relations between town and gown
5 : a New England territorial and political unit usually containing under a single town government both rural areas and urban areas not having their own charter of incorporation also : a New England community governed by a town meeting
6 dialectal, England : a cluster or aggregation of houses recognized as a distinct place with a place-name : hamlet
7 : a group of prairie dog burrows
on the town
: in usually carefree pursuit of entertainment or amusement (such as city nightlife) especially as a relief from routine

Other Words from town

town adjective

Examples of town in a Sentence

the town of Jackson, Florida The nearest shopping mall is two towns away. The town plans to increase property taxes. We're heading to town later on.
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Recent Examples on the Web At its meeting on Jan. 10, the Bloomfield Town Council voted to use funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to purchase at-home COVID-19 tests for town residents. Steve Smith,, 13 Jan. 2022 During the drive out of town, Melissa and Mark Lockman tried to shield their kids from their emotions as a flood of phone calls and text messages poured in. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2022 Trustee Beth Rodgers said the project was too dense and suggested the plan include single-family homes, with fewer town houses that could act as a buffer behind the commercial development. Michelle Mullins,, 13 Jan. 2022 JD Vance, another Republican Senate candidate has announced a series of town halls this week. Laura Hancock, cleveland, 12 Jan. 2022 With a current population of 75,000 people, Missoula, Mont. is alive with music, boutique hotels, restaurants, and breweries supplying hordes of outdoorsy types to bask in its small town charm. Danielle Bernabe, Fortune, 12 Jan. 2022 The art-collecting and design-driven Palm Beach crowd have bragging rights now that Hemmerle has made this town home—at least for the season. Jill Newman, Town & Country, 12 Jan. 2022 Since the sequence was shot on a historic town square, concrete blocks were put in place to blend in with the building. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 11 Jan. 2022 Obermeyer’s Tuscany II insulated jacket keeps skiers and snowboarders warm during those downhill rides on the slopes or strolling through town. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Jan. 2022

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First Known Use of town

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 6

History and Etymology for town

Middle English, from Old English tūn enclosure, village, town; akin to Old High German zūn enclosure, Old Irish dún fortress

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The first known use of town was before the 12th century

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15 Jan 2022

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“Town.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of town

: a place where people live that is larger than a village but smaller than a city
: the people in a town
: the government of a town


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Kids Definition of town

1 : a thickly settled area that is usually larger than a village but smaller than a city
2 : the people of a town The whole town came out to watch the parade.

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