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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Hamlet \Ham"let\ (h[a^]m"l[e^]t), n. [OE. hamelet, OF. hamelet, dim. of hamel, F. hameau, LL. hamellum, a dim. of German origin; cf. G. heim home. [root]220. See Home.] A small village; a little cluster of houses in the country. [1913 Webster] The country wasted, and the hamlets burned. --Dryden. Syn: Village; neighborhood. See Village. [1913 Webster]