- 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
- The, a city in central Oklahoma.
Examples from the Web for villages
Slowly, two were opened up, and in 2010 the regional government opened all four Brogpa villages in a push for tourism.The Himalayas’ Hidden Aryans
January 3, 2015
These villages used to harvest rubber, cacao, palm oil, and coffee beans.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
At the time, the Special Forces were pushing into Afghan villages previously unoccupied by coalition forces.Special Forces’ $77M ‘Hustler’ Hits Back
December 8, 2014
Construction is due to begin before the end of December, which means that lands will be taken, villages relocated.China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution
November 30, 2014
Ras Baalbek is just one of a handful of Christian villages in the northern Bekaa Valley not far from the Syrian border.Lebanese Christians Gun Up Against ISIS
November 10, 2014
But when the Jews entered Palestine, the Canaanites lived in towns and villages.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
It speaks to us in our counties, in our cities, in our towns, and in our villages.
The hamlet itself, like most villages of the Lozre, has a neglected appearance.The Roof of France
So they rose up by clans and villages and followed after the Sign.The Trail Book
The villages are the fortifications, the fortifications are the villages.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
- 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 villagea village green
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.