town

A town is an area where people live that's bigger than a village and smaller than a city. A town has a specific boundary, a name, and (usually) its own government.

A town is essentially a small city. It's got a smaller population and usually has fewer big apartment buildings and more single-family homes. When something or someone is in town, they are visiting your town: "I'm so excited that the circus is in town!" And if you go out on the town, you take advantage of the nightlife in a town or city.

Definitions of town
  1. noun
    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
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    municipality
    an urban district having corporate status and powers of self-government
  2. noun
    an administrative division of a county
    “the town is responsible for snow removal”
    synonyms: township
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    administrative district, administrative division, territorial division
    a district defined for administrative purposes
  3. noun
    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
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    municipality
    people living in a town or city having local self-government
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