Town meaning

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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.

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The inhabitants, voters, etc. of a town.
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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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(law) A municipal organization, such as a corporation, defined by the laws of the entity of which it is a part.
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The business center of a city.

To go into town.

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Any given inhabited district, regardless of size, often, specif., the district of one's residence.

An important man about town; the circus is coming to town.

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Of, in, for, or characteristic of a town.
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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.

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(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.

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(UK, historical) A rural settlement in which a market was held at least once a week.
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The residents (as opposed to gown: the students, faculty, etc.) of a community which is the site of a university.
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(colloquial) Used to refer to a town or similar entity under discussion.

Call me when you get to town.

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

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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.

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A group of prairie dog burrows.
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(brit., dial.) A group of houses; hamlet.
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A city or other thickly populated urban place.
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An area that is more densely populated or developed than the surrounding area.

Going into town to shop.

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In England, a village that holds a market periodically.
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The local residents of a town as distinct from the members of a college within the town.
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(informal) on the town
  • In spirited pursuit of the entertainment offered by a town or city.
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(slang) go to town
  • 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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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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Origin of town

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

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

  • 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")).

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