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[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
Related forms
villageless, adjective
villagey, villagy, adjective
intervillage, adjective
1. See community.


[vil-ij] /ˈvɪl ɪdʒ/
The, a city in central Oklahoma. Unabridged
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Examples from the web 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 necessary.
  • Prefectures are governmental bodies larger than cities, towns, and villages.
  • Only bree and a few surrounding villages lasted to the end of the third age.
  • Stratford is surrounded by a number of small villages and settlements.
  • They cultivated crops for food, locating villages on or near fertile river floodplains.
  • Around the city were little villages where the fishermen of cardo lived.
  • The two villages eventually combined to become the town of gilbert.
  • Except for a few villages on the red sea coast, there are no permanent settlements.
British Dictionary definitions for villages


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 village: a village green
Derived Forms
village-like, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from ville farm, from Latin: villa
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Word Origin and History for villages



late 14c., "inhabited place larger than a hamlet but smaller than a town," from Old French village "houses and other buildings in a group" (usually smaller than a town), from Latin villaticum "farmstead" (with outbuildings), noun use of neuter singular 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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villages in the Bible

(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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