Definition of "town" []

  • A population center that is larger than a village and smaller than a city. (noun)
  • A territorial and political unit governed by a town meeting, especially in New England. (noun)
  • Informal A city: New York is a big town. (noun)
  • Chiefly British A rural village that has a market or fair periodically. (noun)
  • The residents of a town: The whole town was upset at the news. (noun)
  • A densely populated urban area, typically smaller than a city and larger than a village, having some local powers of government and a fixed boundary (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • A city, borough, or other urban area (noun)
  • (in the US) a territorial unit of local government that is smaller than a county; township (noun)
  • The nearest town or commercial district (noun)
  • London or the chief city of an area (noun)
  • The inhabitants of a town (noun)
  • The permanent residents of a university town as opposed to the university staff and students (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "town" in a sentence
  • "In a college town, the relations between “town and gown” are those between the residents of the town and the students and faculty associated with the school, who in the past wore academic gowns."
  • "Aigues Mortes is a dead town, and differs from Maguelonne, to be presently described, in this, that it is a dead _town_, whereas Maguelonne is only the ghost of a dead town."
  • "Between the ages of ten and fifteen, Kirsty had gone to the parish school of the nearest town: it looked a village, but they always called it _the town_."