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
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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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