1. A small village.
2. In New York state, an unincorporated community that is within a town and is not a part of a village.
[Middle English hamelet, from Old French, diminutive of hamel, diminutive of ham, village, of Germanic origin; see tkei- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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