Definitions for villageˈvɪl ɪdʒ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vil•lageˈvɪl ɪdʒ(n.)

  1. a small community or group of houses in a rural area, larger than a hamlet and usu. smaller than a town, sometimes incorporated as a municipality.

    Category: Government

  2. the inhabitants of such a community collectively.

    Category: Government

  3. a group of animal dwellings resembling a village.

  4. (adj.)of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a village.

    Category: Government

Origin of village:

1350–1400; ME < MF < L villāticum, neut. of villāticusvillatic

Princeton's WordNet

  1. village, small town, settlement(noun)

    a community of people smaller than a town

  2. village, hamlet(noun)

    a settlement smaller than a town

  3. Greenwich Village, Village(noun)

    a mainly residential district of Manhattan; `the Village' became a home for many writers and artists in the 20th century

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. village(noun)ˈvɪl ɪdʒ

    a small town, especially outside of the U.S.

    an alpine village


  1. village(Noun)

    A rural habitation of size between a hamlet and a town.

    There are 2 churches and 3 shops in our village.

  2. village(Noun)

    A rural habitation that has a church, but no market.

  3. village(Noun)

    A planned community such as a retirement community or shopping district.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Village(noun)

    a small assemblage of houses in the country, less than a town or city


  1. Village

    A village is a clustered human settlement or community, larger than a hamlet but smaller than a town with the population ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand. Though often located in rural areas, the term urban village is also applied to certain urban neighbourhoods, such as the East Village in Manhattan, New York City and the Saifi Village in Beirut, Lebanon, as well as Hampstead Village in the London conurbation. Villages are normally permanent, with fixed dwellings; however, transient villages can occur. Further, the dwellings of a village are fairly close to one another, not scattered broadly over the landscape, as a dispersed settlement. In the past, villages were a usual form of community for societies that practise subsistence agriculture, and also for some non-agricultural societies. In Great Britain, a hamlet earned the right to be called a village when it built a church. In many cultures, towns and cities were few, with only a small proportion of the population living in them. The Industrial Revolution attracted people in larger numbers to work in mills and factories; the concentration of people caused many villages to grow into towns and cities. This also enabled specialization of labor and crafts, and development of many trades. The trend of urbanization continues, though not always in connection with industrialisation. Villages have been eclipsed in importance as units of human society and settlement.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'village' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #913

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'village' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1234

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'village' in Nouns Frequency: #311

Translations for village

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a group of houses etc which is smaller than a town

They live in a little village; (also adjective) a village school.

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