[ vil-ij ]
/ ˈvɪl ɪdʒ /


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.
the inhabitants of such a community collectively.
a group of animal dwellings resembling a village: a gopher village.


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


vil·lage·less, adjectivevil·lage·y, vil·lag·y, adjectivein·ter·vil·lage, adjective

synonym study for village

1. See community.

Definition for village (2 of 2)

[ vil-ij ]
/ ˈvɪl ɪdʒ /


The, a city in central Oklahoma. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for village

/ (ˈvɪlɪdʒ) /


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

Derived forms of village

village-like, adjective

Word Origin for village

C15: from Old French, from ville farm, from Latin: villa
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