From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

VILL. In England this word was used to signify the parts into which a 
hundred or wapentake was divided. Fortesc. De Laud, ch. 24. See Co. Litt. 
115 b. It also signifies a town or city. Barr. on the Stat. 133. 

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