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 The doors have always been wide open at Bread and Puppet, but an outsider would have an easier time assimilating into an Amish village. Dan Chiasson, The New York Review of Books, 23 Sep. 2021 It’s an Instagram-worthy backdrop in the secluded Bavarian-style village of Leavenworth, Washington. Broadry Outdoos, USA TODAY, 22 Sep. 2021 Later, in the industrial era, shoemakers used technology to serve not just a single village, but entire countries, and then the world. Greg Orme, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 Burritt has a house museum and well as numerous historical buildings that make up a pioneer village. Kelly Kazek |, al, 22 Sep. 2021 High walls, gardens, a former mining village that made its wealth on the backs of slaves. Christopher Borrelli,, 22 Sep. 2021 When the volcano erupted at 3:15 p.m. local time, red molten lava spewed into the air and ran downhill into the local village, destroying homes and causing mandatory evacuations. Joelle Goldstein,, 22 Sep. 2021 Residents hoping to save some belongings queued up so they could be escorted into the village. Aritz Parra, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Sep. 2021 This is a Recipe Day in Bwabwa, a village of around 800 people in northern Malawi. Raj Patel, Scientific American, 22 Sep. 2021

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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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“Village.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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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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