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