hamlet

That small settlement you pass through along a country road is not just a cluster of houses. It’s a hamlet.

You may be familiar with Shakespeare’s famous play describing the plight of the doomed prince Hamlet. Remember the meaning of the common noun hamlet this way: Picture an alternate Hamlet cheerfully living in a small village in the country (a hamlet), without family tension or the need to avenge his father. Does that help?

Definitions of hamlet
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n a community of people smaller than a village

Synonyms:
crossroads
Type of:
community
a group of people living in a particular local area

n a settlement smaller than a town

Synonyms:
village
Examples:
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Cheddar
a village in southwestern England where cheddar cheese was first made
Sealyham
a village in southwestern Wales where the Sealyham terrier was first bred
El Alamein
a village to the west of Alexandria on the northern coast of Egypt; the scene of a decisive Allied victory over the Germans in 1942
Jericho
a village in Palestine near the north end of the Dead Sea; in the Old Testament it was the first place taken by the Israelites under Joshua as they entered the Promised Land
Jamestown
a former village on the James River in Virginia to the north of Norfolk; site of the first permanent English settlement in America in 1607
Chancellorsville
a village in northeastern Virginia
Spotsylvania
a village in northeastern Virginia where battles were fought during the American Civil War
Yorktown
a historic village in southeastern Virginia to the north of Newport News; site of the last battle of the American Revolution
Types:
campong, kampong
a native village in Malaysia
kraal
a village of huts for native Africans in southern Africa; usually surrounded by a stockade
pueblo
a communal village built by Indians in the southwestern United States
Type of:
settlement
an area where a group of families live together

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