Thursday, June 20, 2013
Definitions for hamlet
- a small village.
- British. a village without a church of its own, belonging to the parish of another village or town.
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Citations for hamlet
The world was indeed excluded; the sides of the valley shut in the small hamlet and fenced it from the keen and biting winds of the north and east.
Soon appeared glimmering indications of the few cottages forming the small hamlet of Upper Mellstock for which they were bound, whilst the faint sound of church-bells ringing a Christmas peal could be heard floating over upon the breeze...
Origin of hamlet
The term hamlet entered English in the 1300s, long before Shakespeare wrote about the Prince of Denmark, from the Old French ham meaning "villiage."