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Town

[toun] /taʊn/
noun
1.
Ithiel
[ith-ee-uh l] /ˈɪθ i əl/ (Show IPA),
1784–1844, U.S. architect.
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British Dictionary definitions for i town

town

/taʊn/
noun
1.
  1. a densely populated urban area, typically smaller than a city and larger than a village, having some local powers of government and a fixed boundary
  2. (as modifier): town life, related adjective urban
2.
a city, borough, or other urban area
3.
(in the US) a territorial unit of local government that is smaller than a county; township
4.
the nearest town or commercial district
5.
London or the chief city of an area
6.
the inhabitants of a town
7.
the permanent residents of a university town as opposed to the university staff and students Compare gown (sense 3)
8.
go to town
  1. to make a supreme or unrestricted effort; go all out
  2. (Austral & NZ, informal) to lose one's temper
9.
on the town, seeking out entertainments and amusements
Derived Forms
townish, adjective
townless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English tūn village; related to Old Saxon, Old Norse tūn, Old High German zūn fence, Old Irish dūn
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Word Origin and History for i town

town

n.

Old English tun "enclosure, garden, field, yard; farm, manor; homestead, dwelling house, mansion;" later "group of houses, village, farm," from Proto-Germanic *tunaz, *tunan (cf. Old Saxon, Old Norse, Old Frisian tun "fence, hedge," Middle Dutch tuun "fence," Dutch tuin "garden," Old High German zun, German Zaun "fence, hedge"), an early borrowing from Celtic *dunom (cf. Old Irish dun, Welsh din "fortress, fortified place, camp," dinas "city;" see down (n.2)).

Meaning "inhabited place larger than a village" (mid-12c.) arose after the Norman conquest, to correspond to French ville. The modern word is partially a generic term, applicable to cities of great size as well as places intermediate between a city and a village; such use is unusual, the only parallel is perhaps Latin oppidium, which occasionally was applied to Rome or Athens (each of which was more properly an urbs).

First record of town hall is from late 15c. Townie "townsman, one raised in a town" is recorded from 1827, often opposed to the university students or circus workers who were just passing through. Town ball, version of baseball, is recorded from 1852. Town car (1907) originally was a motor car with an enclosed passenger compartment and open driver's seat. On the town "living the high life" is from 1712. Go to town "do (something) energetically" is first recorded 1933. Man about town "one constantly seen at public and private functions" is attested from 1734.

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