town

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n an urban area with a fixed boundary that is smaller than a city

“they drive through town on their way to work”
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Jalalabad
a town in eastern Afghanistan (east of Kabul)
Batna
a town in north central Algeria
Djanet
a desert town in southeastern Algeria
Hippo Regius
an ancient Numidian town in northwestern Africa adjoining present-day Annaba in northeastern Algeria
Reggane
a town in central Algeria
Timgad
an ancient town founded by the Romans; noted for extensive and well-preserved ruins
Timimoun
a town in central Algeria in the Atlas Mountains
Nogales
a town in northern Mexico on the border of Arizona
Santa Maria del Tule
a town in southeastern Mexico near Oaxaca; site of Ahuehuete, a giant Montezuma cypress
Pilsen
a town in Czech Republic where Pilsner beer originated
Austerlitz
a town in Czech Republic; site of the battle of Austerlitz in 1805
Viborg
a town of Denmark in north central Jutland
Hamelin
a town in northern Germany (near Hanover) that is famous as the setting for the legend of the Pied Piper
Hohenlinden
a town in Bavaria (near Munich)
Massawa
a port town in Eritrea on an inlet of the Red Sea
Maarianhamina
a town that is the chief port of the Aland islands
Cnossos
an ancient town on Crete where Bronze Age culture flourished from about 2000 BC to 1400 BC
Actium
an ancient town on a promontory in western Greece
Plataea
a former town in Boeotia; site of a battle between the Greeks and Persians in 479 BC
Stagirus
an ancient town of Greece where Aristotle was born
Accho
a town and port in northwestern Israel in the eastern Mediterranean
Nazareth
a historic town in northern Israel that is mentioned in the Gospels as the home of Joseph and Mary
Bethlehem Ephrathah
a small town near Jerusalem on the West Bank of the Jordan River; early home of David and regarded as the place where Jesus was born
Anzio
a town of central Italy on the Tyrrhenian Sea; the Allies established a beachhead at Anzio in World War II
Tivoli
a town twenty miles to the east of Rome (Tibur is the ancient name); a summer resort during the Roman empire; noted for its waterfalls
Agrigento
a town in Italy in southwestern Sicily near the coast; the site of six Greek temples
Nanaimo
a town in southwestern British Columbia on Vancouver Island to the west of Vancouver
Churchill
a Canadian town in northern Manitoba on Hudson Bay; important port for shipping grain
Yellowknife
a town in the Northwest Territories in northern Canada on the Great Slave Lake
Kingston
a town in southeast Ontario on Lake Ontario near the head of the Saint Lawrence River
Sault Sainte Marie
a town of southern Ontario opposite northern Michigan
Dawson
a town in northwestern Canada in the Yukon on the Yukon River; a boom town around 1900 when gold was discovered in the Klondike
Wagga Wagga
a town on the Murrumbidgee River in New South Wales; agricultural trading center
Wagram
a town in northeastern Austria
Aalst
a town in central Belgium
Waterloo
a town in central Belgium where in 1815 Napoleon met his final defeat
Bath
a town in southwestern England on the River Avon; famous for its hot springs and Roman remains
Blackpool
a resort town in Lancashire in northwestern England on the Irish Sea; famous for its tower
Stratford-upon-Avon
a town in central England on the River Avon; birthplace (and burial place) of William Shakespeare
Sunderland
a port and industrial city in northeastern England
Hastings
a town in East Sussex just to the south of the place where the battle of Hastings took place
Canterbury
a town in Kent in southeastern England; site of the cathedral where Thomas a Becket was martyred in 1170; seat of the archbishop and primate of the Anglican Church
Naseby
a village in western Northamptonshire
Bangor
a town in southeastern Northern Ireland
Tara
a village in eastern Ireland (northwest of Dublin); seat of Irish kings until 6th century
Ayr
a port in southwestern Scotland
Aberdare
a mining town in southern Wales
Bangor
a university town in northwestern Wales on the Menai Strait
Nag Hammadi
a town in Upper Egypt
Saqqarah
a town in northern Egypt; site of the oldest Egyptian pyramids
Avignon
a town in southeastern France on the Rhone River; the seat of the papacy from 1309 to 1378 and the residence of antipopes during the Great Schism
Calais
a town in northern France on the Strait of Dover that serves as a ferry port to England; in 1347 it was captured by the English king Edward III after a long siege and remained in English hands until it was recaptured by the French king Henry II in 1558
Chablis
a town in north central France noted for white Burgundy wines
Chartres
a town in northern France that is noted for its Gothic Cathedral
Cherbourg
a port town in northwestern France on the English Channel; site of a naval base
Dunkerque
a seaport in northern France on the North Sea; scene of the evacuation of British forces in 1940 during World War II
Valenciennes
a town in northeastern France long noted for its lace industry
Vichy
a town in central France (south of Paris) noted for hot mineral springs; was capital of the unoccupied part of France during World War II
Vienne
a town in south central France where is 1311-1313 the Roman Catholic Church held one of its councils
Thule
a town in northwestern Greenland; during World War II a United States naval base was built there
Monte Carlo
a town and popular resort in the principality of Monaco; famous for its gambling casino
El Aaium
a town in Morocco near the Atlantic coast
Cusco
a town in the Andes in southern Peru; formerly the capital of the Inca empire
Dhahran
an oil town in eastern Saudi Arabia on an inlet from the Persian Gulf; in June 1996 terrorists bombed an apartment complex in Dhahran killing 19 United States soldiers and wounding more than 300 people
Lubavitch
a town in Belarus that was the center of the Chabad movement for a brief period during the 19th century
Interlaken
a popular resort town in the Alps in west central Switzerland
Abydos
an ancient Greek colony on the Asiatic side of the Dardanelles; scene of the legend of Hero and Leander
Antakiya
a town in southern Turkey; ancient commercial center and capital of Syria; an early center of Christianity
Chalcedon
a former town on the Bosporus (now part of Istanbul); site of the Council of Chalcedon
Entebbe
a town in southern Uganda on Lake Victoria; site of an international airport (where in 1976 Israeli commandos rescued hostages held aboard a plane by Palestinian hijackers)
Decatur
a town in northern Alabama on the Tennessee River
Gadsden
an industrial town in north central Alabama
Selma
a town in central Alabama on the Alabama river; in 1965 it was the center of a drive to register Black voters
Tuscaloosa
a university town in west central Alabama
Tuskegee
a town in eastern Alabama
Nome
a town in western Alaska on the southern coast of the Seward Peninsula; an important center of an Alaskan gold rush at the beginning of the 20th century
Sitka
a town in southeastern Alaska that was the capital of Russian America and served as the capital of Alaska from 1867 until 1906
Skagway
a town in southeastern Alaska at the northern end of the Inside Passage; a gateway to the Klondike during the Alaskan gold rush
Flagstaff
a town in north central Arizona; site of an important observatory
Nogales
a town in Arizona on the Mexican border opposite Nogales, Mexico
Prescott
a town in central Arizona
Yuma
a town in southwestern Arizona on the Colorado River and the California border
Fayetteville
a university town in northwestern Arkansas in the Ozarks
Fort Smith
a town in western Arkansas on the Arkansas River at the Oklahoma border
Hot Springs
a town in west central Arkansas; a health resort noted for thermal springs
Jonesboro
a town in northeast Arkansas
Pine Bluff
a town in southeast central Arkansas on the Arkansas River
Texarkana
a town in southwest Arkansas on the Texas border adjacent to Texarkana, Texas
Barstow
a town in southeastern California
Eureka
a town in northwest California on an arm of the Pacific Ocean
Monterey
a town in western California to the south of San Francisco on a peninsula at the southern end of Monterey Bay
Palo Alto
a university town in California
Redding
a town in north central California on the Sacramento River
San Mateo
a town in California to the south of San Francisco
San Pablo
a town in western California to the north of Oakland on an arm of San Francisco Bay
Santa Barbara
a town in southwestern California on the Pacific Ocean
Santa Cruz
a town in western California on Monterey Bay; a tourist center
Boulder
a town in north central Colorado; Rocky Mountains resort center and university town
Farmington
a residential town in central Connecticut
New London
a town in southeastern Connecticut near Long Island Sound; an important whaling center in the 19th century
Daytona Beach
a resort town in northeast Florida on the Atlantic coast; hard white beaches have been used for automobile speed trials
Fort Myers
a town in southwest Florida
Gainesville
a university town in north central Florida
Key West
a town on the westernmost of the Florida keys in the Gulf of Mexico
Melbourne
a resort town in east central Florida
Palm Beach
a resort town in southeast Florida on an island on the Atlantic coast
Panama City
a resort and fishing town on the Gulf of Mexico in northwest Florida
Pensacola
a town in extreme northwest Florida
Sarasota
a town in west central Florida on the Gulf of Mexico
West Palm Beach
a town in southeast Florida on the mainland opposite Palm Beach; founded as a commercial center for Palm Beach
Albany
a town in southwest Georgia; processing center for peanuts and pecans
Athens
a university town in northeast Georgia
Brunswick
a town in southeast Georgia near the Atlantic coast; a port of entry
Oxford
a university town in northern Mississippi; home of William Faulkner
Valdosta
a town in southern Georgia near the Florida border
Vidalia
a town in central Georgia; the origin of Vidalia onions
Hilo
a town in Hawaii on the island of Hawaii
Coeur d'Alene
a town in the northern panhandle of Idaho; popular resort area
Idaho Falls
a town in southeastern Idaho on the Snake River
Lewiston
a town in northwestern Idaho
Nampa
a town in southwestern Idaho
Pocatello
a university town in southeastern Idaho
Sun Valley
a winter sports resort in south central Idaho
Twin Falls
a town on the Snake River in south central Idaho near the Twin Falls
Cairo
a town at the southern tip of Illinois at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers
Carbondale
a town in southern Illinois
Champaign
a university town in east central Illinois adjoining Urbana
East Saint Louis
a town in southwest Illinois on the Mississippi across from Saint Louis
Moline
a town in northwest Illinois on the Mississippi River
Rock Island
a town in northwest Illinois on the Mississippi River; site of a Union prison during the American Civil War
Urbana
a university town in east central Illinois adjoining Champaign
Bloomington
a university town in south central Indiana
Lafayette
a university town in west central Indiana on the Wabash River
Muncie
a town in east central Indiana
Council Bluffs
a town in southwest Iowa on the Missouri River across from Omaha
Clinton
a town in east central Iowa
Dubuque
a town in eastern Iowa on the Mississippi River
Mason City
a town in north central Iowa
Ottumwa
a town in southeast Iowa
Dodge City
a town of southwestern Kansas on the Arkansas River; formerly a rowdy cow town
Abilene
a town in central Kansas to the west of Topeka; home of Dwight D. Eisenhower
Hays
a town in central Kansas
Lawrence
a town in northeastern Kansas on the Kansas River; scene of raids by John Brown in 1856
Salina
a town in central Kansas
Bowling Green
a town in southern Kentucky
Owensboro
a town in northwestern Kentucky on the Ohio River; a tobacco market
Paducah
a town in western Kentucky on the Ohio River
Alexandria
a town in Louisiana on the Red River
Lafayette
a town in south central Louisiana; settled by Acadians
Monroe
a town in north central Louisiana
Morgan City
a town in southeast Louisiana to the south of Baton Rouge
Bangor
a town in east central Maine on the Penobscot River
Brunswick
a university town in southwestern Maine
Lewiston
a town in southwestern Maine to the north of Portland
Orono
a university town in east central Maine on the Penobscot River to the north of Bangor
Aberdeen
a town in northeastern Maryland
Frederick
a town in northern Maryland to the west of Baltimore
Hagerstown
a town in northern Maryland
Concord
town in eastern Massachusetts near Boston where the first battle of the American Revolution was fought
Gloucester
a town in northeastern Massachusetts on Cape Ann to the northeast of Boston; the harbor has been a fishing center for centuries
Lexington
town in eastern Massachusetts near Boston where the first battle of the American Revolution was fought
Medford
town in northeastern Massachusetts; residential suburb of Boston
Pittsfield
a town in western Massachusetts
Plymouth
a town in Massachusetts founded by Pilgrims in 1620
Williamstown
a town in northwestern Massachusetts
Alpena
a town in northern Michigan on an arm of Lake Huron
Houghton
a town in northwest Michigan on the Upper Peninsula
Jackson
a town in south central Michigan
Kalamazoo
a town in southwest Michigan
Marquette
a town on Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula in northwest Michigan
Monroe
a town of southeast Michigan on Lake Erie
Saginaw
a town in east central Michigan on an arm of Lake Huron
Traverse City
a town in northern Michigan on an arm of Lake Michigan
Bemidji
a town in northern Minnesota
Hibbing
a town in northeastern Minnesota in the Mesabi Range
Mankato
a town in southern Minnesota
Rochester
a town in southeast Minnesota
Saint Cloud
a town in central Minnesota on the Mississippi River; granite quarries
Virginia
a town in northeastern Minnesota in the heart of the Mesabi Range
Biloxi
an old town in southern Mississippi on the Gulf of Mexico
Columbus
a town in eastern Mississippi near the border with Alabama
Greenville
a town in western Mississippi on the Mississippi River to the north of Vicksburg
Hattiesburg
a town in southeast Mississippi
Meridian
a town in eastern Mississippi
Natchez
a town in southwest Mississippi on the Mississippi River
Tupelo
a town in northeast Mississippi
Vicksburg
a town in western Mississippi on bluffs above the Mississippi River to the west of Jackson; focus of an important campaign during the American Civil War as the Union fought to control the Mississippi River and so to cut the Confederacy into two halves
Cape Girardeau
a town in southeast Missouri
Columbia
a university town in central Missouri
Hannibal
a town in northeast Missouri on the Mississippi River; boyhood home of Mark Twain
Poplar Bluff
a town in southeast Missouri
Saint Joseph
a town in northwest Missouri on the Missouri River; in the 19th century it became the eastern terminus of the pony express
Sedalia
a town in east central Missouri
Bozeman
a town in southwestern Montana; gateway to Yellowstone National Park
Butte
a town in southwestern Montana; center for mining copper
Great Falls
a town in central Montana on the Missouri river; a center of extensive hydroelectric power
Missoula
a university town in western Montana
Grand Island
a town in south central Nebraska
North Platte
a town in west central Nebraska on the Platte River
Portsmouth
a port town in southeastern New Hampshire on the Atlantic Ocean
Morristown
a town in northern New Jersey where the Continental Army spent two winters
New Brunswick
a university town in central New Jersey
Princeton
a university town in central New Jersey
Carlsbad
a town in southeastern New Mexico on the Pecos River near the Mexican border; potash deposits
Farmington
a town in northwestern New Mexico
Gallup
a town in northwestern New Mexico near the Arizona border
Las Cruces
a town in southern New Mexico on the Rio Grande
Los Alamos
a town in north central New Mexico; in 1942 it was chosen as a nuclear research site where the first atomic bombs were produced
Roswell
a town in southeast New Mexico
Silver City
a town in southwestern New Mexico
Taos
an artist colony in northern New Mexico
Cooperstown
a small town in east central New York; site of the National Baseball Hall of Fame
Ithaca
a college town in central New York on Lake Cayuga
Elmont
a town on Long Island in New York; site of Belmont Park
Kingston
a town on the Hudson River in New York
Newburgh
a town on the Hudson River in New York; in 1782 and 1783 it was George Washington's headquarters
Saratoga Springs
a town in eastern New York State famed for its spa and its horse racing
Watertown
a town in northern New York
Asheville
a town in western North Carolina in the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west of Charlotte
Chapel Hill
a town in central North Carolina; site of the University of North Carolina
Fayetteville
a town in south central North Carolina
Goldsboro
a town that is a major tobacco center in eastern North Carolina
Wilmington
a town in southeastern North Carolina on the Cape Fear River
Athens
a town in southeast Ohio
Mansfield
a town in north central Ohio
Bartlesville
a town in northeastern Oklahoma
Enid
a town in north central Oklahoma
Lawton
a town in southwest Oklahoma
McAlester
a town in southeastern Oklahoma
Muskogee
a town in eastern Oklahoma on the Arkansas River
Bend
a town in central Oregon at the eastern foot of the Cascade Range
Klamath Falls
a town in southern Oregon near the California border
Medford
a town in southwestern Oregon; a summer resort
Altoona
a town in central Pennsylvania
Bethlehem
a town in eastern Pennsylvania on the Lehigh River to the northwest of Philadelphia; an important center for steel production
Gettysburg
a small town in southern Pennsylvania; site of a national cemetery
Hershey
an industrial town to the east of Harrisburg
Florence
a town in northeast South Carolina; transportation center
Greenville
a town in northwest South Carolina in the Piedmont
Aberdeen
a town in northeastern South Dakota
Rapid City
a town in southwestern South Dakota in the eastern part of the Black Hills
Columbia
a town in west central Tennessee
Jackson
a town in western Tennessee
Johnson City
a town in northeastern Tennessee
Bryan
a town of east central Texas
Del Rio
a town in southwest Texas on the Rio Grande to the west of San Antonio
Galveston
a town in southeast Texas on Galveston Island
Lufkin
a town in eastern Texas
McAllen
a town in southern Texas on the Rio Grande
Midland
a town in west central Texas
Paris
a town in northeastern Texas
San Angelo
a town in west central Texas; formerly a notorious frontier town
Sherman
a town in northeastern Texas near the Oklahoma border
Texarkana
a town in northeast Texas adjacent to Texarkana, Arkansas
Tyler
a town in northeast Texas
Victoria
a town in southeast Texas to the southeast of San Antonio
Ogden
a town in northern Utah settled by Mormons
Bennington
a town in southwestern Vermont
Brattleboro
a town in southeastern Vermont on the Connecticut River
Rutland
a town in central Vermont
Blacksburg
a university town in southwestern Virginia (west of Roanoke) in the Allegheny Mountains
Fredericksburg
a town in northeastern Virginia on the Rappahannock River
Petersburg
a town in southeastern Virginia (south of Richmond); scene of heavy fighting during the American Civil War
Aberdeen
a town in western Washington
Bellingham
a town in northwestern Washington on a bay near the Canadian border
Kennewick
a town in southern Washington on the Columbia River
Vancouver
a town in southwestern Washington on the Columbia River across from Portland, Oregon
Walla Walla
a town in southeastern Washington near the Oregon border
Yakima
a town in south central Washington
Fayetteville
a town in central West Virginia on the New River
Harper's Ferry
a small town in northeastern West Virginia that was the site of a raid in 1859 by the abolitionist John Brown and his followers who captured an arsenal that was located there
Appleton
a town in eastern Wisconsin
Eau Claire
a town in west central Wisconsin
La Crosse
a town in western Wisconsin on the Mississippi River
Superior
a town in northwest Wisconsin on Lake Superior across from Duluth
Watertown
a town in southeastern Wisconsin
Wausau
a town in north central Wisconsin
Jackson
a town in western Wyoming
Lander
a town in central Wyoming
Laramie
a university town in southeast Wyoming
Rock Springs
a town of southwest Wyoming near the Utah border
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burg
colloquial American term for a town
boom town
a town enjoying sudden prosperity
cow town, cowtown
a small town in a cattle-raising area of western North America
ghost town
a deserted settlement (especially in western United States)
hometown
the town (or city) where you grew up or where you have your principal residence
Main Street
any small town (or the people who inhabit it); generally used to represent parochialism and materialism (after a novel by Sinclair Lewis)
market town
a (usually small) town where a public market is held at stated times
Type of:
municipality
an urban district having corporate status and powers of self-government

n an administrative division of a county

“the town is responsible for snow removal”
Synonyms:
township
Type of:
administrative district, administrative division, territorial division
a district defined for administrative purposes

n the people living in a municipality smaller than a city

“the whole town cheered the team”
Synonyms:
townsfolk, townspeople
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borough
an English town that forms the constituency of a member of parliament
burgh
a borough in Scotland
pocket borough
a sparsely populated borough in which all or most of the land is owned by a single family
rotten borough
an English parliamentary constituency with few electors
Type of:
municipality
people living in a town or city having local self-government
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