The village

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.
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