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Answer for the clue "A settlement smaller than a town", 7 letters:
village

Alternative clues for the word village

Hamlet

Hamlet's cousin

A community of people smaller than a town

A mainly residential district of Manhattan

`the Village' became a home for many writers and artists in the 20th century

Word definitions for village in dictionaries

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Word definitions in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
noun COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES a commuter town/village (= that a lot of people leave each day to travel to work ) ▪ It’s a commuter town about 40 miles from London. a village community ▪ Outside the capital, most people live in village communities....

The Collaborative International Dictionary Word definitions in The Collaborative International Dictionary
Village \Vil"lage\ (?; 48), n. [F., fr. L. villaticus belonging to a country house or villa. See Villa , and cf. Villatic .] A small assemblage of houses in the country, less than a town or city. Village cart , a kind of two-wheeled pleasure carriage without...

Wiktionary Word definitions in Wiktionary
n. A rural habitation of size between a hamlet and a town.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary Word definitions in Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
late 14c., "inhabited place larger than a hamlet but smaller than a town," from Old French vilage "houses and other buildings in a group" (usually smaller than a town), from Latin villaticum "farmstead" (with outbuildings), noun use of neuter singular of...

WordNet Word definitions in WordNet
n. a community of people smaller than a town [syn: small town , settlement ] a settlement smaller than a town [syn: hamlet ] a mainly residential district of Manhattan; `the Village' became a home for many writers and artists in the 20th century [syn: Greenwich...

Wikipedia Word definitions in Wikipedia
A village is a clustered human settlement or community , larger than a hamlet but smaller than a town , with a population ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand. Though often located in rural areas , the term urban village is also applied to certain...

Usage examples of village.

Weavers travelled from town to village to city, appearing at festivals or gatherings, teaching the common folk to recognise the Aberrant in their midst, urging them to give up the creatures that hid among them.

The third and fourth humans on the island had tried to find their privacy as far from the abo village and the tunnel pool as possible.

But thus far there had been no other craft sighted on the waters, although smokes were visible from the many Aliansa village sites and a small group of aborigines was spied netting fish in the shallows.

Baron was always very respectful to Mr Aching since Granny had died two years ago, calling him the finest shepherd in these hills, and was generally held by the people in the village to be not too bad these days.

Down in the village decisions were made, things were done, life went on in the knowledge that in her old wheeled shepherding hut on the hills Granny Aching was there, watching.

The perpetual resort of pilgrims and spectators insensibly formed, in the neighborhood of the temple, the stately and populous village of Daphne, which emulated the splendor, without acquiring the title, of a provincial city.

In the petty quarrels of Europe, they shed the blood of their friends and countrymen, for the acquisition perhaps of a castle or a village.

The shriveled Vistana had gazed at Clarissewith those hard black eyes, and had pointed with acrooked finger toward the manor house, perched like adark bird on the tor above the village.

They still preserved their former habitation of Pella, spread themselves into the villages adjacent to Damascus, and formed an inconsiderable church in the city of Beroea, or, as it is now called, of Aleppo, in Syria.

It is impossible to justify the vain and credulous exaggerations of modern travellers, who have sometimes stretched the limits of Constantinople over the adjacent villages of the European, and even of the Asiatic coast.

Vrondisi, the monastery at the foot of Psiloritis, came down to the rich Turkish village of Suros and killed its bloodthirsty aga, just as he had bound two Christians to the treadmill of the well in his garden and was making them turn the wheel.

Ebon Rih, meeting with the Queens who ruled the Rihlander Blood villages of Doun and Agio, and talking to the council members who ran the larger landen villages.

All the other attractions of Agios Georgios could be found in a score of similar villages, in Crete or elsewhere.

They came no closer to the village of Akasha than five miles before they were attacked by elements of the Camel Corps, and driven off with the loss of two good men.

Ken Weaver, the drummer with the Fugs, sent Miles a copy of their first album, The Village Fugs, from New York.