- a village or hamlet in which a periodic market or fair is held.
- any village or hamlet.
- to be successful.
- to do well, efficiently, or speedily: The engineers really went to town on those plans.
- to lose restraint or inhibition; overindulge.
- Informal. in quest of entertainment in a city's nightclubs, bars, etc.; out to have a good time: a bunch of college kids out on the town.
- supported by the public charity of the state or community; on relief.
Origin of town
Definition for town (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for town
Their bodies were later found incinerated and buried in mass graves outside of town.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting|Ruben Navarrette Jr.|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The sheriff charged them with truancy, and then he and his officers ran them out of town.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’|Gary May|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Some of the streets in this part of the town have seen large scale-destruction.
The town, known in Arabic as Ayn al-Arab, is so significant to ISIS that the group calls it Ayn al-Islam.
That will leave troops in a lurch when the F-35 eventually becomes the only game in town.Newest U.S. Stealth Fighter ‘10 Years Behind’ Older Jets|Dave Majumdar|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Hart County was named for her, and the town of Hartford, which in 1810 was the county seat of Pulaski.Revolutionary Reader|Sophie Lee Foster
That was the result, he thought, of his absurd whim of loitering about Berry town.
But he passes on at last, with a troop of boys following to the town limits.Ways of Wood Folk|William J. Long
Like everything else in the Congo, this town has been arranged and built for practical use.A Journal of a Tour in the Congo Free State|Marcus Dorman
The man lived, and his descendants are among the principal inhabitants of the town of Stratton to this day.Footprints of Former Men in Far Cornwall|Robert S. Hawker
British Dictionary definitions for town
- a densely populated urban area, typically smaller than a city and larger than a village, having some local powers of government and a fixed boundary
- (as modifier)town life Related adjective: urban
- to make a supreme or unrestricted effort; go all out
- Australian and NZ informal to lose one's temper
Word Origin for town
Word Origin and History for town
Old English tun "enclosure, garden, field, yard; farm, manor; homestead, dwelling house, mansion;" later "group of houses, village, farm," from Proto-Germanic *tunaz, *tunan (cf. Old Saxon, Old Norse, Old Frisian tun "fence, hedge," Middle Dutch tuun "fence," Dutch tuin "garden," Old High German zun, German Zaun "fence, hedge"), an early borrowing from Celtic *dunom (cf. Old Irish dun, Welsh din "fortress, fortified place, camp," dinas "city;" see down (n.2)).
Meaning "inhabited place larger than a village" (mid-12c.) arose after the Norman conquest, to correspond to French ville. The modern word is partially a generic term, applicable to cities of great size as well as places intermediate between a city and a village; such use is unusual, the only parallel is perhaps Latin oppidium, which occasionally was applied to Rome or Athens (each of which was more properly an urbs).
First record of town hall is from late 15c. Townie "townsman, one raised in a town" is recorded from 1827, often opposed to the university students or circus workers who were just passing through. Town ball, version of baseball, is recorded from 1852. Town car (1907) originally was a motor car with an enclosed passenger compartment and open driver's seat. On the town "living the high life" is from 1712. Go to town "do (something) energetically" is first recorded 1933. Man about town "one constantly seen at public and private functions" is attested from 1734.
Idioms and Phrases with town
In addition to the idiom beginning with town
- town and gown
- all over the place (town)
- ghost town
- go to town
- man about town
- one-horse town
- only game in town
- on the town
- out of town
- paint the town red
- talk of the town