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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Town \Town\ (toun), n. [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.]
(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.
(c) A collection of houses inclosed by fences or walls.
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.
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.
Stunned with his giddy larum half the town. --Pope.
Note: The same form of expressions is used in regard to other
8. A farm or farmstead; also, a court or farmyard. [Prov.
Eng. & Scot.]
Note: 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.
Town clerk, an office who keeps the records of a town, and
enters its official proceedings. See Clerk.
Town cress (Bot.), the garden cress, or peppergrass. --Dr.
(a) A house in town, in distinction from a house in the
(b) See Townhouse.
Town meeting, a legal meeting of the inhabitants of a town
entitled to vote, for the transaction of public bisiness.
Town talk, the common talk of a place; the subject or topic
of common conversation.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: an urban area with a fixed boundary that is smaller than a
city; "they drive through town on their way to work"
2: the people living in a municipality smaller than a city; "the
whole town cheered the team" [syn: town, townspeople,
3: an administrative division of a county; "the town is
responsible for snow removal" [syn: township, town]
4: United States architect who was noted for his design and
construction of truss bridges (1784-1844) [syn: Town,
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
60 Moby Thesaurus words for "town":
Kreis, archbishopric, archdiocese, arrondissement, bailiwick,
bishopric, borough, burgh, burghal, canton, citified, city, civic,
commune, community, congressional district, constablewick, county,
departement, diocese, district, downtown, duchy,
electoral district, electorate, government, hamlet, hundred,
interurban, magistracy, metropolis, metropolitan,
metropolitan area, midtown, municipal, municipality, oblast, okrug,
oppidan, parish, precinct, principality, province, region, riding,
sheriffalty, sheriffwick, shire, shrievalty, soke, stake, state,
suburban, territory, township, uptown, urban, village, wapentake,
From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :
TOWN. This word is used differently in different parts of the United States.
In Pennsylvania and some other of the middle states, it signifies a village
or a city. In some of the northeastern states it denotes a subdivision of a
county, called in other places a township.
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