Hamlet meaning

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A very small village.
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In New York state, an unincorporated community that is within a town and is not a part of a village.
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A small village.
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(proper) A tragedy by Shakespeare (c. 1602)
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A small village or a group of houses.
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(UK) A village that does not have its own church.
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Any of the fish of the genus Hypoplectrus in the family Serranidae.
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The eponymous main character of Shakespeare's play.
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The definition of a hamlet is a small village, or a dramatic play written by Shakespeare in the 1600s.

An example of a hamlet is Rothenburg in Germany.

An example of Hamlet is the 1996 film based on the Shakespearean play.

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(person, proper) The hero of this play, a Danish prince who avenges the murder of his father, the king, by killing his uncle Claudius, the murderer.
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Origin of hamlet

  • Middle English hamelet from Old French diminutive of hamel diminutive of ham village of Germanic origin tkei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French hamelet, diminutive of Old French hamel (Modern French hameau), in turn diminutive of Old French ham, of Germanic origin. Cognates of the (probably Frankish or Old English) source include home, Dutch heem, German Heim, Old English hām. (English usage before the 12th century)

    From Wiktionary