Definition of hamlet in English:

hamlet

noun

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

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

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

Pronunciation:

hamlet

/ˈhamlət/

Definition of Hamlet in English:

Hamlet

proper noun

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

Pronunciation:

Hamlet

/ˈhamlət/