From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Villa \Vil"la\, n.; pl. Villas. [L. villa, LL. also village,
   dim. of L. vicus a village: cf. It. & F. villa. See
   Vicinity, and cf. Vill, Village, Villain.]
   A country seat; a country or suburban residence of some
   pretensions to elegance. --Dryden. Cowper.
   [1913 Webster]
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