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villa

[vil-uh] /ˈvɪl ə/
noun
1.
a country residence or estate.
2.
any imposing or pretentious residence, especially one in the country or suburbs maintained as a retreat by a wealthy person.
3.
British. a detached or semidetached dwelling house, usually suburban.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; (< Italian) < Latin vīlla a country house, farm, akin to vīcus village, wick3
Related forms
villalike, adjective

Villa

[vee-uh; Spanish bee-yah] /ˈvi ə; Spanish ˈbi yɑ/
noun
1.
Francisco
[frahn-sees-kaw] /frɑnˈsis kɔ/ (Show IPA),
(Doroteo Arango"Pancho Villa") 1877–1923, Mexican general and revolutionist.
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  • The remains of a roman villa have been excavated in the grounds of the current vicarage.
  • In fact, the site of his eventual martyrdom was his own villa.
British Dictionary definitions for villa

villa

/ˈvɪlə/
noun
1.
(in ancient Rome) a country house, usually consisting of farm buildings and residential quarters around a courtyard
2.
a large and usually luxurious country residence
3.
(Brit) a detached or semidetached suburban house
4.
(NZ) a medium-sized suburban house standing in its own grounds
Derived Forms
villa-like, adjective
Word Origin
C17: via Italian from Latin; related to Latin vīcus a village

Villa

/ˈviːə; Spanish ˈbiʎa/
noun
1.
Francisco (franˈsisko), called Pancho Villa, original name Doroteo Arango. ?1877–1923, Mexican revolutionary leader
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Word Origin and History for villa
n.

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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