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Definitions of town

  1. an administrative division of a county; "the town is responsible for snow removal" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the people living in a municipality smaller than a city; "the whole town cheered the team" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. an urban area with a fixed boundary that is smaller than a city; "they drive through town on their way to work" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4. Formerly: (a) An inclosure which surrounded the mere homestead or dwelling of the lord of the manor. [Obs.] (b) The whole of the land which constituted the domain. [Obs.] (c) A collection of houses inclosed by fences or walls. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Any number or collection of houses to which belongs a regular market, and which is not a city or the see of a bishop. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Any collection of houses larger than a village, and not incorporated as a city; also, loosely, any large, closely populated place, whether incorporated or not, in distinction from the country, or from rural communities. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. The body of inhabitants resident in a town; as, the town voted to send two representatives to the legislature; the town voted to lay a tax for repairing the highways. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. A township; the whole territory within certain limits, less than those of a country. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. The metropolis or its inhabitants; as, in winter the gentleman lives in town; in summer, in the country. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. A farm or farmstead; also, a court or farmyard. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. The court end of London;- commonly with the. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Any collection of houses, making a distinct place with a name, larger than a village but not organized as a city; the citizens or voters of such a place; a closely populated place as contrasted with the country; a unit of local government. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. A place larger than a village, not a city: the inhabitants of a town. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. Collection of houses larger than a village; the inhabitants of a town. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. A collection of houses larger than a village; also, the people of such place, collectively. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. A township. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. Originally a fortified place; a collection, of indefinite extent, of houses larger than a village, specially one with a regular market and inferior to a city; a city; the inhabitants of a town or city; the metropolis or its inhabitants; the court end of London. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. Properly; an enclosed place, then a farm, dwelling, village, or collection of house walled in;any collection of houses larger than a village; any principal collection of houses of a county; the metropolis. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  19. The court end of London;-- commonly with the. mso.anu.edu.au
  20. The court end of London; commonly with the. dictgcide_fs
  21. town, n. a place larger than a village, not a city: the inhabitants of a town.--ns. TOWN'-CLERK, a clerk who keeps the records of a town; TOWN'-COUN'CIL, the governing body in a town, elected by the ratepayers; TOWN'-COUN'CILLOR, a member of a town-council; TOWN'-CR[=I]'ER, one who cries or makes public proclamations in a town; TOWN'HALL, a public hall for the official business of a town; TOWN'HOUSE, a house or building for transacting the public business of a town: a house in town as opposed to one in the country.--adj. TOWN'ISH, characteristic of town as opposed to country.--ns. TOWN'LAND, a township; TOWN'-MEET'ING, in New England, a primary meeting of the voters of a town.--n.pl. TOWNS'FOLK, the folk or people of a town.--ns. TOWN'SHIP, the territory or district of a town: the corporation of a town: a district; TOWNS'MAN, an inhabitant or fellow-inhabitant of a town.--n.pl. TOWNS'PEOPLE, townsfolk.--ns. TOWN'-TALK, the general talk of a town: the subject of common conversation; TOWN'Y, a townsman. [A.S. tún, an enclosure, town; Ice. tún, an enclosure, Ger. zaun, a hedge.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  22. (Hist.) collection of houses enclosed by wall or hedge; considerable collection of dwellings &c. (larger than village; often opp. to country), esp. one not created a CITY; the people of a t., as the whole t. knows of it, is the talk of the t. (talked about by everyone in the t.); (without the) London or the chief city or town in speaker\'s neighbourhood, as went up to t. (London) from York, is not in t., is out of t.; man about t., fashionable idler esp. in London; PAINT the t. red; COUNTY t.; t. & GOWN; t. adjutant, major, garrison officers maintaining discipline &c.; t. -clerk, official who makes& keeps t. records; t. council (lor), (member of) governing body in municipality; t. CRIER; t. hall, building for transaction of official business of t., often used also for public entertainment &c.; t. house, one\'s t. (as opp. to country) residence; townsfolk, inhabitants of a particular t. or of tt.; township, (Law) each of several tt. in one parish; townsman, inhabitant of a town, fellow citizen; townspeople, the people of a t.; t.-talk, the talk of the t. Hence townless, townward, aa., townlet n., townward (s) adv. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  23. In New England the word town has constantly been used in the sense of township, meaning the primary subdivision of the county, a large area, rural or urban. In the Middle colonies and the South it meant, as in England, an incorporated municipality of greater or less size. Thus in Massachusetts nearly all the territory of the colony was occupied with towns, while in the South there were a few towns here and there. As to the origin of the New England town various theories have been held. To some it has seemed an original creation of the early settlers, to others an imitation of the English parish. Dictionary of United States history
  24. Originally an inclosure ; a farmhouse with its buildings. In Wyclifs Bible, the prodigal goes into the Town to feed swine. See Tun. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  25. n. [Anglo-Saxon, Icelandic, German] A collection of houses inclosed by fences or walls;-hence, any collection of houses larger than a village, and not incorporated as a city:-the body of inhabitants resident in a town;- a township:-the court end of London;-the metropolis or its inhabitants;- a farm-steading;- village; hamlet. Cabinet Dictionary

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