village

A village is a place where people live that's smaller than a city or town. The village where your grandparents live might have a population of only a few hundred people.

In the US, some towns, townships, and cities have smaller villages communities within them. There are also villages that are independent of any larger areas. In either case, a village is typically larger than a hamlet and smaller than a town. The majority of Indians live in villages, while in other countries (like Russia and the UK) population has moved to big cities and suburbs, away from traditional villages. The Latin source of village is villa, or "farm."

Definitions of village
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n a settlement smaller than a town

Synonyms:
hamlet
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 Native Americans in the southwestern United States
Type of:
settlement
an area where a group of families live together

n a community of people smaller than a town

Synonyms:
settlement, small town
Types:
moshav
a cooperative Israeli village or settlement comprised of small farms
Type of:
community
a group of people living in a particular local area

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