[ vil-uh ]
/ ˈvɪl ə /


a country residence or estate.
any imposing or pretentious residence, especially one in the country or suburbs maintained as a retreat by a wealthy person.
British. a detached or semidetached dwelling house, usually suburban.


Origin of villa

1605–15; (< Italian) < Latin vīlla a country house, farm, akin to vīcus village, wick3

Related forms

vil·la·like, adjective

Definition for villa (2 of 2)


[ vee-uh; Spanish bee-yah ]
/ ˈvi ə; Spanish ˈbi yɑ /


Fran·cis·co [frahn-sees-kaw] /frɑnˈsis kɔ/, Doroteo ArangoPancho Villa, 1877–1923, Mexican general and revolutionist. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for villa (1 of 2)


/ (ˈvɪlə) /


(in ancient Rome) a country house, usually consisting of farm buildings and residential quarters around a courtyard
a large and usually luxurious country residence
British a detached or semidetached suburban house
NZ a medium-sized suburban house standing in its own grounds

Derived Forms

villa-like, adjective

Word Origin for villa

C17: via Italian from Latin; related to Latin vīcus a village

British Dictionary definitions for villa (2 of 2)


/ (ˈviːə, Spanish ˈbiʎa) /


Francisco (franˈsisko), called Pancho Villa, original name Doroteo Arango. ?1877–1923, Mexican revolutionary leader
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