Main definitions of hamlet in English

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hamlet1

noun

  • A small settlement, generally one smaller than a village, and strictly (in Britain) one without a church.

    • ‘The coast I like, towns, villages, and even hamlets I like, but the countryside and I do not really get on.’
    • ‘I am also after information on the surrounding hamlets and villages.’
    • ‘These sessions generally include students from a central village and more remote hamlets nearby.’
    • ‘Farms were grouped in small hamlets rather than villages (two to ten households).’
    • ‘The Slovak settlement pattern includes hamlets or colonies, villages, towns, and cities.’
    • ‘In northern Sweden it was not uncommon for a dozen or more villages and hamlets to share a church.’
    • ‘This close relationship with the area and its people had enabled him to make many friends in the mountain hamlets and villages of the Rhodopes.’
    • ‘The Evening Press is appealing for people who live in hamlets and small villages which do not have their own news outlet to step forward and help serve their community.’
    • ‘Thousands of villages and hamlets were connected by narrow paths, customs, and networks of marriage and trade partners.’
    • ‘Army cartographers arrive in Victorian Ireland to rename villages, hamlets, roads.’
    • ‘But in rural villages and hamlets of the Andean highlands, it remains partially intact.’
    • ‘I must have visited about 30 villages and hamlets to locate the tribe.’
    • ‘They live in villages, hamlets, and isolated farmsteads scattered across the island.’
    • ‘Like a monstrous octopus, poverty spreads its nagging, prehensile tentacles into hamlets and villages all over our world.’
    • ‘Any graphic breach of etiquette will mostly likely be more noticeable in tiny hamlets and upcountry villages.’
    • ‘As Susan says, many of the region's most beautiful villages and hamlets are home also to unexpected shopping delights.’
    • ‘The main town would be the central point of an area with the outriding hamlets and villages contributing to the town's collection.’
    • ‘Clémence Massart has been bringing Éigse out of the galleries and into the towns and villages and hamlets of Carlow this week.’
    • ‘Then there is of course the wholesale wiping out of some 300 hamlets and villages in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.’
    • ‘The school, when finished, will be home to about 500 kids from Eniwari village and surrounding hamlets.’
    community, colony, outpost, encampment
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French hamelet, diminutive of hamel ‘little village’; related to home ( hám in Old English).

Pronunciation

hamlet

/ˈhamlɪt/

Main definitions of hamlet in English

: hamlet1Hamlet2

Hamlet2

proper noun

  • A legendary prince of Denmark, hero of a tragedy by Shakespeare.

Phrases

  • Hamlet without the Prince

    • A performance or event taking place without the principal actor or central figure.

      • ‘It's a bit like Hamlet without the Prince - less than 18 days away from the biggest GAA extravaganza to hit Sligo in many years.’
      • ‘‘I want people to watch this film as they would watch Hamlet without the Prince of Denmark in it,’ he says, adding later that ‘the anger in me is now gone’.’
      • ‘Probably not; Hamlet without the Prince would not be so wonderful and the Grand Armée without Napoleon might not have been exactly the force it was.’
      • ‘And The Taming of the Shrew without a shrew and a bully is like Hamlet without the Prince and the King.’
      • ‘Without a name, the house parties must seem a bit like Hamlet without the Prince.’
      • ‘Still without ace marksman we were a Shakesperean version of Hamlet without the Prince, and only in his absence could one come to fully appreciate the enormous impact he had on the game until the point of his withdrawal.’
      • ‘A woeful performance graphically outlined their reliance upon the injured Craig Chalmers, without whom they resembled Hamlet without the Prince.’
      • ‘It was a bit like talking about Hamlet without the Prince of Denmark.’
      • ‘Team Ireland continues like Hamlet without the Prince.’
      • ‘Then Tom Cronin had to retire hurt and this was to prove another fatal blow as a Crotta team without a Cronin is like Hamlet without the Prince.’

Pronunciation

Hamlet

/ˈhamlɪt/