- a small village.
- British. a village without a church of its own, belonging to the parish of another village or town.
Origin of hamlet1
- any of various sea basses of the family Serranidae, found in the warm waters of the western Atlantic Ocean, especially the Nassau grouper.
Origin of hamlet2
- (italics) a tragedy (first printed 1603) by Shakespeare.
- the hero of this play, a young prince who avenges the murder of his father.
Examples from the Web for hamlet
The same thing happens when her mute daughter, the sweet Kattrin, is shot as she tries to warn a hamlet of impending slaughter.Brecht's Mercenary Mother Courage Turns 75
September 10, 2014
Hamlet refused to accept that heroism was his destiny, because of the behavior it required.Alleged Santa Barbara Killer Elliot Rodger and the Twisted Cult of Modern Masculinity
May 26, 2014
This 1964 performance was a stage production of Hamlet, but filmed in front of a live audience.
Kate Winslet delivered a haunting performance as Ophelia in the 1996 Hamlet.
Hitchcock decided to abandon his adaptation of Hamlet to avoid any legal kerfuffle.Doomed Passion Projects of Hollywood: The Lost Classics of Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, and More
March 28, 2014
Like Hamlet with the king at the play, "If he but blench, I know my course!"Weighed and Wanting
All this is pure Hamlet; one might better say, pure Shakespeare.
All these are manifestly characteristics of Hamlet, and Posthumus possesses no others.
It is all Hamlet over again, Hamlet wrought up to a higher pitch of intensity.
Evidently the time for classifying the creator of Hamlet is at hand.
- a small village or group of houses
- (in Britain) a village without its own church
Word Origin and History for hamlet
early 14c., from Old French hamelet, diminutive of hamel "village," itself a diminutive of ham "village," from Frankish *haim (see home). Especially a village without a church.
A tragedy by William Shakespeare. The king of Denmark has been murdered by his brother, Claudius, who then becomes king and marries the dead king's widow. The ghost of the dead king visits his son, Prince Hamlet, and urges him to avenge the murder. In the course of the play, Hamlet, a scholar, slowly convinces himself that he must murder Claudius. The play ends with a duel between Hamlet and the courtier Laertes, and the death by poison of all the principal characters.