Definition of “villain” - English Dictionary

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“villain” in British English

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villainnoun

uk /ˈvɪl.ən/ us /ˈvɪl.ən/

[ C ] a bad person who harms other people or breaks the law:

Some people believe that Richard III was not the villain he is generally thought to have been.
He's either a hero or a villain, depending on your point of view.

[ C ] UK informal a criminal:

Bert's just a small-time villain.

[ C ] a character in a book, play, film, etc. who harms other people:

He made his reputation as an actor playing villains.

[ C usually singular ] informal something or someone considered harmful or dangerous:

We've always been told that cholesterol was a major cause of heart disease but, actually, saturated fat is the worst villain.

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

“villain” in American English

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villainnoun [ C ]

us /ˈvɪl·ən/

a bad person who harms other people or breaks the law, or a cruel or evil character in a book, play, or film:

In her version of the story, Hoover emerges as the villain.

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