- 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
- Fran·cis·co [frahn-sees-kaw] /frɑnˈsis kɔ/, Doroteo ArangoPancho Villa, 1877–1923, Mexican general and revolutionist.
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Contemporary Examples of villa
Villa and Zapata looked on, smiling their papier mache smiles, sure they had seen something like this before.
The faces of Villa and Zapata looked on from the opposite end of the square.
The three were living it up at his Arcore villa outside Milan, made famous by his orgiastic Bunga-Bunga parties.Was Putin’s Midnight Visit to Berlusconi About Bunga Bunga?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 19, 2014
One can even rent out the villa here or wander down from the Arc de Triomphe and peek through the fence.Paris’s Secret Fashion Week Haunts
July 8, 2014
His restaurant earned a Michelin star before Villa Magna lured him away.Rodrigo de la Calle Is Spain’s Vegetable Whisperer
March 19, 2014
Historical Examples of villa
The prince was residing at his "Garten," (villa) two miles out of town.
This led me to request a sight of that villa—a crown to the housekeeper got me admittance.Night and Morning, Complete
The owner of the villa was a rich Syrian with a French-American wife.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
She was a new young lady, who had been with Madame at her Villa—I have not seen her.The Incomplete Amorist
The Villa of Galileo, the nameless composition with stone pines, 43.Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
- (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
Word Origin for villa
- Francisco (franˈsisko), called Pancho Villa, original name Doroteo Arango. ?1877–1923, Mexican revolutionary leader
1610s, from Italian villa "country house, villa, farm," from Latin villa "country house, farm," related to vicus "village, group of houses," from PIE *weik- "clan" (cf. Sanskrit vesah "house," vit "dwelling, house, settlement;" Avestan vis "house, village, clan;" Old Persian vitham "house, royal house;" Greek oikos "house;" Old Church Slavonic visi "village;" Gothic weihs "village;" Lithuanian viešpats "master of the house").