Town Definition

toun
towns
noun
towns
A more or less concentrated group of houses and private and public buildings, larger than a village but smaller than a city.
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In New England and some other states, a unit of local government having its sovereignty vested chiefly in a town meeting.
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In parts of the U.S., township.

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A city or other thickly populated urban place.
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A group of houses; hamlet.
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adjective
Of, in, for, or characteristic of a town.
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suffix

Used to form names of townships derived from names of persons or other things.

Wiktionary
idiom
on the town
  • In spirited pursuit of the entertainment offered by a town or city.
American Heritage
go to town
  • to go on a spree; indulge in something without restraint
  • to work or act fast and efficiently
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on the town
  • out for a good time at the theater, nightclubs, bars, etc.
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out of town
  • a significant distance away from one's city, town, etc.
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Other Word Forms of Town

Noun

Singular:
town
Plural:
towns

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Town

Origin of Town

  • Middle English, from Old English tÅ«n (“enclosure, village"), from Proto-Germanic *tÅ«nÄ… (“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 *dÅ«nom, from Proto-Indo-European *dÊ°ewhâ‚‚- (“to finish, come full circle"), (compare Hittite [script?] (tuhhuÅ¡ta, “it is finished"), Latin fÅ«nus (“burial"), Ancient Greek θνητός (thnÄ“tos, “mortal"), θάνατος (thanatos, “death"), [Greek?] (thaneÄ«n, “to die"), Sanskrit [script?] (ádhvanÄ«t, “he vanished")).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old English tūn enclosed place, village dheuə- in Indo-European roots

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

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