Main definitions of hamlet in US English:

: hamlet1Hamlet2

hamlet1

noun

  • A small settlement, generally one smaller than a village.

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

/ˈhæmlət//ˈhamlət/

Main definitions of hamlet in US 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.

      • ‘Without a name, the house parties must seem a bit like Hamlet without the Prince.’
      • ‘‘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’.’
      • ‘A woeful performance graphically outlined their reliance upon the injured Craig Chalmers, without whom they resembled 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And The Taming of the Shrew without a shrew and a bully is like Hamlet without the Prince and the King.’
      • ‘It was a bit like talking about Hamlet without the Prince of Denmark.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Team Ireland continues like Hamlet without the Prince.’

Pronunciation

Hamlet

/ˈhamlət//ˈhæmlət/