from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A population center that is larger than a village and smaller than a city.
- n. A territorial and political unit governed by a town meeting, especially in New England.
- n. Informal A city: New York is a big town.
- n. Chiefly British A rural village that has a market or fair periodically.
- n. The residents of a town: The whole town was upset at the news.
- n. An area that is more densely populated or developed than the surrounding area: going into town to shop.
- n. The residents of a community in which a university or college is located, as opposed to the students and faculty: a dispute pitting town against gown.
- n. A group of prairie dog burrows.
- idiom on the town Informal In spirited pursuit of the entertainment offered by a town or city.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A settlement; an area with residential districts, shops and amenities, and its own local government; especially one larger than a village and smaller than a city.
- n. Any more urbanized center than the place of reference.
- n. A rural settlement in which a market was held at least once a week.
- n. The residents (as opposed to gown: the students, faculty, etc.) of a community which is the site of a university.
- n. Used to refer to a town or similar entity under discussion.
- n. A municipal organization, such as a corporation, defined by the laws of the entity of which it is a part.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Formerly: (a) An inclosure which surrounded the mere homestead or dwelling of the lord of the manor. [Obs.] (b) The whole of the land which constituted the domain. [Obs.] (c) A collection of houses inclosed by fences or walls.
- n. Any number or collection of houses to which belongs a regular market, and which is not a city or the see of a bishop.
- n. Any collection of houses larger than a village, and not incorporated as a city; also, loosely, any large, closely populated place, whether incorporated or not, in distinction from the country, or from rural communities.
- n. The body of inhabitants resident in a town.
- n. A township; the whole territory within certain limits, less than those of a country.
- n. The court end of London; -- commonly with the.
- n. The metropolis or its inhabitants.
- n. A farm or farmstead; also, a court or farmyard.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An inclosure; a collection of houses inclosed by a hedge, palisade, or wall for safety; a walled or fortified place.
- n. Any collection of houses larger than a village; in a general sense, a city or borough: as, London town; within a mile of Edinburgh town: often opposed to country, in which use it is usually preceded by the definite article.
- n. A large assemblage of adjoining or nearly adjoining houses, to which a market is usually incident, and which is not a city or bishop's see.
- n. A tithing; a vill; a subdivision of a county, as a parish is a subdivision of a diocese.
- n. The body of persons resident in a town or city; the townspeople: with the.
- n. In legal usage in the United States:
- n. In many of the States, one of the several subdivisions into which each county is divided, more accurately called, in the New England States and some others, township.
- n. In most of the States, the corporation, or quasi corporation, composed of the inhabitants of one of such subdivisions, in some States designated by law as a township or incorporated township or township organization.
- n. In a few of the States, a municipal corporation (not formed of one of the subdivisions of a county, but having its own boundaries like a city) with less elaborate organization and powers than a city.
- n. A farm or farmstead; a farm-house with its connected buildings.
- n. An officer of a parish who collects moneys from the parents of illegitimate children for the maintenance of the latter.
- n. Synonyms and
- n. Hamlet, Village, Town, City. A hamlet is a group of houses smaller than a village. The use of the other words in the United Kingdom is generally more precise than it is in the United States, but all are used more or less loosely. A village may have a church, but has generally no market; a town has both, and is frequently incorporated; a city is a corporate town, and is or has formerly been the see of a bishop, with a cathedral. In the United States a village is smaller than a town, and a town usually smaller than a city; there are incorporated villages as well as cities. Some places incorporated as cities are smaller than many that have only a town organization.
- Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a town; urban: as, town life; town manners.
- The town prison; a bridewell.
- A poorhouse.
- A house or mansion in town, as distinguished from a country residence.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an administrative division of a county
- n. United States architect who was noted for his design and construction of truss bridges (1784-1844)
- n. an urban area with a fixed boundary that is smaller than a city
- n. the people living in a municipality smaller than a city
In a college town, the relations between town and gown are those between the residents of the town and the students and faculty associated with the school, who in the past wore academic gowns.
Aigues Mortes is a dead town, and differs from Maguelonne, to be presently described, in this, that it is a dead _town_, whereas Maguelonne is only the ghost of a dead town.
Between the ages of ten and fifteen, Kirsty had gone to the parish school of the nearest town: it looked a village, but they always called it _the town_.
Now let us take _a canton_ containing _a seaport town of trade_, or _a great manufacturing town_.
My friend Jesse referred to this small, indistinct coastal town as a ´nothing, backpacker town´, which I think sums it up pretty well.
_town makers_, and the articles in wholesale quantities packing up to meet the demand in London for "_real town made_."
47 38 N. Ltjri, an ancient town of Corfica, be - tween Cane Corl'e and the town* of Baltia and St. Fiorenzo.
The general gazetteer, or, Compendious geographical dictionary [microform] : containing a description of the empires, kingdoms, states, provinces, cities, towns, forts, seas, harbours, rivers, lakes, mountains, capes, &c. in the known world : with the government, customs, manners, and religion of the inhabitants; the extent, boundaries, and natural productions of each country, the trade, manufactures, and curiosities of the cities and towns; their longitude, latitude, bearings and distances in English miles from remarkable places; and the various events by which they have been distinguished : including an account of the counties, cities, boroughs, market-towns, and principal villages, in Great Britain and Ireland
In Sweden, there's a new gun in town, if the town is the European Union's parliament.
Fannie's back in town -- and the town is among the leading characters in her new novel.
When I spotted that truck down in town (heh! calling anywhere in Akumal "town" is a joke) I was jumping up and down.