from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small group of dwellings in a rural area, usually ranking in size between a hamlet and a town.
- n. In some U.S. states, an incorporated community smaller in population than a town.
- n. The inhabitants of a village; villagers.
- n. A group of bird or animal habitations suggesting a village.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A rural habitation of size between a hamlet and a town.
- n. A rural habitation that has a church, but no market.
- n. A planned community such as a retirement community or shopping district.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small assemblage of houses in the country, less than a town or city.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small assemblage of houses, less than a town or city, and larger than a hamlet.
- n. In law, sometimes a manor; sometimes a whole parish or subdivision of it; most commonly an outpart of a parish, consisting of a few houses separate from the rest.
- Of, pertaining to, or belonging to a village; characteristic of a village; hence, rustic; countrified.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a community of people smaller than a town
- n. a settlement smaller than a town
- n. a mainly residential district of Manhattan; `the Village' became a home for many writers and artists in the 20th century
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin vīllāticum, farmstead, from neuter of vīllāticus, of a villa or farmstead, from vīlla, country house, farm; see weik-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle French village, from Medieval Latin villagium, ultimately from Latin villa (English villa). (Wiktionary)