noun an urban area with a fixed boundary that is smaller than a city
- they drive through town on their way to work
noun the people living in a municipality smaller than a city
- the whole town cheered the team
noun an administrative division of a county
- the town is responsible for snow removal
noun United States architect who was noted for his design and construction of truss bridges (1784-1844)
, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- A township; the whole territory within certain limits, less than those of a country. U.S.
- The court end of London;-commonly with the.
- 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.
Stunned with his giddy larum half the town.
✍ The same form of expressions is used in regard to other populous towns.
- 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.
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