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, pertaining to, or characteristic of a village: village life.

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin villāticum, neuter of villāticus villatic. See -age

villageless, adjective
villagey, villagy, adjective
intervillage, adjective

1. See community. Unabridged


a city in central Oklahoma. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
village (ˈvɪlɪdʒ)
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 village: a village green
[C15: from Old French, from ville farm, from Latin: villa]

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Word Origin & History

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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Bible Dictionary

Villages definition

(Judg. 5:7, 11). The Hebrew word thus rendered (perazon) means habitations in the open country, unwalled villages (Deut. 3:5; 1 Sam. 6:18). Others, however, following the LXX. and the Vulgate versions, render the word "rulers."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Example sentences for Villages
There is a swan boat circuit where the villages field teams compete.
The villages of south brewer and north brewer are both within city limits.
He takes hostages from the villages and kills them when he feels it is
Prefectures are governmental bodies larger than cities, towns, and villages.
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