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  1. a small community or group of houses in a rural area, larger than a hamlet and usually smaller than a town, and sometimes (as in parts of the U.S.) incorporated as a municipality.
  2. the inhabitants of such a community collectively.
  3. a group of animal dwellings resembling a village: a gopher village.
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of a village: village life.

Origin of village

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin villāticum, neuter of villāticus villatic. See -age
Related formsvil·lage·less, adjectivevil·lage·y, vil·lag·y, adjectivein·ter·vil·lage, adjective

Synonym study

1. See community.


  1. The, a city in central Oklahoma. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for village

suburb, center, crossroads, hamlet

Examples from the Web for village

Contemporary Examples of village

Historical Examples of village

  • Even the village was too human, too modern, for his early-pagan mood.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • It is the superintendent of the factory in our village—a man rich, or, at any rate, well-to-do.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • That morning a rumor had reached the village of a famine in the island of Crete.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • The house had been built only three years, and was the show-place of the village.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • It occurred to him that he could sell them at a market store in the village.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

British Dictionary definitions for village


  1. a small group of houses in a country area, larger than a hamlet
  2. the inhabitants of such a community collectively
  3. an incorporated municipality smaller than a town in various parts of the US and Canada
  4. a group of habitats of certain animals
  5. NZ a self-contained city area having its own shops, etc
  6. (modifier) of, relating to, or characteristic of a villagea village green
Derived Formsvillage-like, adjective

Word Origin for village

C15: from Old French, from ville farm, from Latin: villa
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Word Origin and History for village

late 14c., "inhabited place larger than a hamlet but smaller than a town," from Old French village "houses and other buildings in a group" (usually smaller than a town), from Latin villaticum "farmstead" (with outbuildings), noun use of neuter singular of villaticus "having to do with a farmstead or villa," from villa "country house" (see villa). Village idiot is recorded from 1907.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper