vill


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Vill \Vill\, n. [OF. ville, vile, a village, F. ville a town,
   city. See Villa.]
   A small collection of houses; a village. "Every manor, town,
   or vill." --Sir M. Hale.
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         Not should e'er the crested fowl
         From thorp or vill his matins sound for me.
                                                  --Wordsworth.
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   Note: A word of various significations in English, law; as, a
         manor; a tithing; a town; a township; a parish; a part
         of a parish; a village. The original meaning of vill,
         in England, seems to have been derived from the Roman
         sense of the term villa, a single country residence or
         farm; a manor. Later, the term was applied only to a
         collection of houses more than two, and hence came to
         comprehend towns. Burrill. The statute of Exeter, 14
         Edward I., mentions entire-vills, demivills, and
         hamlets.
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