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 formsvil·la·like, adjective


[vee-uh; Spanish bee-yah]


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

Related Words for villa

mansion, chateau, manor

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(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 Formsvilla-like, adjective

Word Origin for villa

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



Francisco (franˈsisko), called Pancho Villa, original name Doroteo Arango. ?1877–1923, Mexican revolutionary leader
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Word Origin and History for villa

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").

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