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town Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun an urban area with a fixed boundary that is smaller than a city
    • they drive through town on their way to work
  2. noun the people living in a municipality smaller than a city
    townspeople; townsfolk.
    • the whole town cheered the team
  3. noun an administrative division of a county
    township.
    • the town is responsible for snow removal
  4. noun United States architect who was noted for his design and construction of truss bridges (1784-1844)
    Ithiel Town.
WordNet

Town noun
Etymology
OE. toun, tun, AS. tun inclosure, fence, village, town; akin to D. tuin a garden, G. zaun a hadge, fence, OHG. zun, Icel. tun an inclosure, homestead, house, Ir. & Gael. dun a fortress, W. din. Cf. Down, adv. & prep., Dune, tine to inclose.
Definitions
  1. 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. Obs. Palsgrave.
  2. Any number or collection of houses to which belongs a regular market, and which is not a city or the see of a bishop. Eng. Johnson.
  3. 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.
    God made the country, and man made the town. Cowper.
  4. 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.
  5. A township; the whole territory within certain limits, less than those of a country. U.S.
  6. The court end of London;-commonly with the.
  7. The metropolis or its inhabitants; as, in winter the gentleman lives in town; in summer, in the country.
    Always hankering after the diversions of the town. Addison.
    Stunned with his giddy larum half the town. Pope.
    ✍ The same form of expressions is used in regard to other populous towns.
  8. A farm or farmstead; also, a court or farmyard. Prov. Eng.& Scot. Town is often used adjectively or in combination with other words; as, town clerk, or town-clerk; town-crier, or town crier; townhall, town-hall, or town hall; townhouse, town house, or town-house. Syn. -- Village; hamlet. See Village.

Webster 1913


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