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[vil-ij] /ˈvɪl ɪdʒ/
a small community or group of houses in a rural area, larger than a hamlet and usually smaller than a town, and sometimes (as in parts of the U.S.) incorporated as a municipality.
the inhabitants of such a community collectively.
a group of animal dwellings resembling a village:
a gopher village.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a village:
village life.
Origin of village
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin villāticum, neuter of villāticus villatic. See -age
Related forms
villageless, adjective
villagey, villagy, adjective
intervillage, adjective
Synonym Study
1. See community.


[vil-ij] /ˈvɪl ɪdʒ/
The, a city in central Oklahoma. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for village
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  • Even the village was too human, too modern, for his early-pagan mood.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • It is the superintendent of the factory in our village—a man rich, or, at any rate, well-to-do.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • That morning a rumor had reached the village of a famine in the island of Crete.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • The house had been built only three years, and was the show-place of the village.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • It occurred to him that he could sell them at a market store in the village.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
British Dictionary definitions for village


a small group of houses in a country area, larger than a hamlet
the inhabitants of such a community collectively
an incorporated municipality smaller than a town in various parts of the US and Canada
a group of habitats of certain animals
(NZ) a self-contained city area having its own shops, etc
(modifier) of, relating to, or characteristic of a village: a village green
Derived Forms
village-like, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from ville farm, from Latin: villa
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Word Origin and History for village

late 14c., "inhabited place larger than a hamlet but smaller than a town," from Old French village "houses and other buildings in a group" (usually smaller than a town), from Latin villaticum "farmstead" (with outbuildings), noun use of neuter singular of villaticus "having to do with a farmstead or villa," from villa "country house" (see villa). Village idiot is recorded from 1907.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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