a village; hamlet.

Origin of dorp

1560–70; < Dutch; cognate with thorp Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dorp

Historical Examples of dorp

  • They were weary to death, and no dorp or farm was yet in sight.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves

  • In the dorp yonder I met a man who had come from Port Elizabeth.


    H. Rider Haggard

  • It was like a colossal gathering for naachtmaal at a Dutch dorp, but every man was black.

    Prester John

    John Buchan

  • We are still at Dorp House, and do not leave for some days yet.


    George Cary Eggleston

  • To show you how civilised we are at the 'Dorp, we, when in standing camp, occasionally have a chance of getting a drink of beer.

British Dictionary definitions for dorp



archaic, or Southern African a small town or village

Word Origin for dorp

C16: from Dutch: village; related to thorp
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