Definition of “village” - English Dictionary

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“village” in British English

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uk /ˈvɪl.ɪdʒ/ us /ˈvɪl.ɪdʒ/

A1 [ C ] a group of houses and other buildings that is smaller than a town, usually in the countryside:

a fishing village
a mountain village
a village shop
a village green (= an area of grass in the middle of a village)
Many people come from the outlying/surrounding villages to work in the town.

[ C usually singular, + sing/pl verb ] all the people who live in a village:

The village is/are campaigning for a by-pass to be built.

More examples

  • It's a little fishing village with very narrow streets.
  • Our farm is a few miles north of the village.
  • The village has remained basically unchanged for over 300 years.
  • Many villages have been cut off by the heavy snow.
  • Because I live in a remote village, I regard my car as an essential.

(Definition of “village” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“village” in American English

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villagenoun [ C ]

us /ˈvɪl·ɪdʒ/

a group of houses, stores, and other buildings which is smaller than a town:

We live just outside the village of Larchmont.

A village is also the people who live in a village:

The whole village came out for the parade.

(Definition of “village” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)