1. A small group of dwellings in a rural area, usually ranking in size between a hamlet and a town.
2. In some US states, an incorporated community smaller in population than a town.
3. The inhabitants of a village; villagers.
4. A dense group of animal habitations: a prairie dog village.
[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 the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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