a country residence or estate.
any imposing or pretentious residence, especially one in the country or suburbs maintained as a retreat by a wealthy person.
British. a detached or semidetached dwelling house, usually suburban.

1605–15; (< Italian) < Latin vīlla a country house, farm, akin to vīcus village, wick3

villalike, adjective Unabridged


[vee-uh; Spanish bee-yah]
Francisco [frahn-sees-kaw] , (Doroteo Arango"Pancho Villa") 1877–1923, Mexican general and revolutionist. Unabridged
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villa (ˈvɪlə)
1.  (in ancient Rome) a country house, usually consisting of farm buildings and residential quarters around a courtyard
2.  a large and usually luxurious country residence
3.  (Brit) a detached or semidetached suburban house
4.  (NZ) a medium-sized suburban house standing in its own grounds
[C17: via Italian from Latin; related to Latin vīcus a village]

Villa (ˈviːə, Spanish ˈbiʎa)
Francisco (franˈsisko), called Pancho Villa, original name Doroteo Arango. ?1877--1923, Mexican revolutionary leader

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Word Origin & History

1611, from It. villa "country house, villa, farm," from L. villa "country house, farm," related to vicus "village, group of houses," from PIE *weik- "clan" (cf. Skt. vesah "house," vit "dwelling, house, settlement;" Avestan vis "house, village, clan;" O.Pers. vitham "house, royal house;" Gk. oikos "house;"
O.C.S. visi "village;" Goth. weihs "village;" Lith. viepats "master of the house").
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Example sentences for villa
Alternatively, they might purchase a singlefamily villa with a small yard at the back.
Remarkably, under his supervision the villa remained unharmed.
The remains of a roman villa have been excavated in the grounds of the current vicarage.
In fact, the site of his eventual martyrdom was his own villa.
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