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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


[vil-ij] /ˈvɪl ɪdʒ/
The, a city in central Oklahoma. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The sepulchers are not perpetual, as their villages are only permanent for some years, as long as the wood lasts.

  • All those who could get away from Starigrad were taking refuge in the villages.

  • villages were frequent and the natives friendly, till the Manyuema themselves were reached.

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
  • There were no towns or villages, but most of the houses stood in the midst of plantations.

    Captain Cook W.H.G. Kingston
  • But many of the peasants in Maximof's villages were of opinion that the Barin's fate was well deserved.

    Moscow Fred Whishaw
British Dictionary definitions for villages


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 villages



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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villages in the Bible

(Judg. 5:7, 11). The Hebrew word thus rendered (perazon) means habitations in the open country, unwalled villages (Deut. 3:5; 1 Sam. 6:18). Others, however, following the LXX. and the Vulgate versions, render the word "rulers."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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