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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Definitions for dorp

  1. a village; hamlet.

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Citations for dorp
Hanover is bare and at times very cold in the winter; but, in the summer, when the willow trees along the water furrows that line the streets, and the fruit trees in the gardens about the white houses, are green, the little dorp is, of all small towns I have seen, by far the most beautiful. S. C. Cronwright Schreiner, "Some Arachnids at Hanover, Cape Colony," The Popular Science Monthly, December 1902
After miles and miles of sienna-red ploughed earth ... we reached the dorp where the cousin lived in a small white house with sides that were dust-stained in a wavering wash ... Nadine Gordimer, "A South African Childhood: Allusions in a Landscape," Telling Times: Writing and Living 1950–2008, 2010
Origin of dorp
Dorp means “village” in Dutch and is closely related to Old Norse, Old English, and English thorp “farmstead, hamlet, village,” and German Dorf (which may bring a smile of amusement to or elicit a snort of contempt from former GIs). Dorp occurs in the name New Dorp, a neighborhood on Staten Island (one of the boroughs of New York City), a derivation of Dutch Nieuw Dorp “New Village.” Dorp entered English in the 16th century.