see also: Town
  • (British, America) IPA: /taʊn/, [tʰaʊ̯n]


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. (UK, historical) A rural settlement in which a market was held at least once a week.
  4. The residents (as opposed to gown: the students, faculty, etc.) of a community which is the site of a university.
  5. (colloquial) Used to refer to a town or similar entity under discussion.
    Call me when you get to town.
  6. (legal) A municipal organization, such as a corporation, defined by the laws of the entity of which it is a part.
  7. (obsolete) An enclosure which surrounded the mere homestead or dwelling of the lord of the manor.
  8. (obsolete) The whole of the land which constituted the domain.
  9. (obsolete) A collection of houses enclosed by fences or walls.
  10. (UK, Scotland, dialect, obsolete) A farm or farmstead; also, a court or farmyard.
Proper noun
  1. Surname

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