- Town means relating to a residential area that is smaller than a city and larger than a village.
An example of town used as an adjective is in the phrase "town pool," which means a pool that people living in that area can use.
- The definition of a town is a residential area that is smaller than a city and larger than a village.
An example of a town is the Town of Oyster Bay in New York.
- Brit., Dialectal a group of houses; hamlet
- a more or less concentrated group of houses and private and public buildings, larger than a village but smaller than a city
- a city or other thickly populated urban place
- in parts of the U.S., township (sense )
- in New England and some other states, a unit of local government having its sovereignty vested chiefly in a town meeting
- in England, a village that holds a market periodically
- the business center of a city: to go into town
- the inhabitants, voters, etc. of a town
- the local residents of a town as distinct from the members of a college within the town
Origin of townMiddle English ; from Old English tun, enclosed space, group of houses, village, town; akin to German zaun, fence, hedge, Old Irish dūn, fortified camp
go to townSlang
- to go on a spree; indulge in something without restraint
- to work or act fast and efficiently
- ☆ to be eminently successful
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- a. A population center that is larger than a village and smaller than a city.b. A territorial and political unit governed by a town meeting, especially in New England.c. Informal A city: New York is a big town.d. Chiefly British A rural village that has a market or fair periodically.e. The residents of a town: The whole town was upset at the news.
- An area that is more densely populated or developed than the surrounding area: going into town to shop.
- 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.
- A group of prairie dog burrows.
Origin of townMiddle English, from Old English tūn, enclosed place, village; see dheu&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
- 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.
- This town is really dangerous because these youngsters have Beretta handguns.
- (US) Any more urbanized center than the place of reference.
- I'll be in Yonkers, then I'm driving into town to see the Knicks at the Garden tonight.
- (UK, historical) A rural settlement in which a market was held at least once a week.
- The residents (as opposed to gown: the students, faculty, etc.) of a community which is the site of a university.
- (colloquial) Used to refer to a town or similar entity under discussion.
- Call me when you get to town.
- (law) A municipal organization, such as a corporation, defined by the laws of the entity of which it is a part.
An urban city is typically larger than a rural town, which in turn is typically larger than a village. In rural areas, a town is considered urban. In urban areas, a town is considered suburban; a village in the suburbs.
Middle English, from Old English tūn (“enclosure, village”), from Proto-Germanic *tūną (“fence”) (compare West Frisian tún, Dutch tuin (“garden”), German Zaun, Danish/Swedish tun), from Gaulish dunon (“hill, hillfort”) (compare Welsh din (“hill”), Irish dún (“fortress”)), from Proto-Celtic *dūnom, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰewh₂- (“to finish, come full circle”), (compare Hittite [script?] (tuhhušta, “it is finished”), Latin fūnus (“burial”), Ancient Greek θνητός (thnētos, “mortal”), θάνατος (thanatos, “death”), [Greek?] (thaneīn, “to die”), Sanskrit [script?] (ádhvanīt, “he vanished”)).