Entry from British & World English dictionary
(In medieval England) the smallest administrative unit under the feudal system, consisting of a number of houses and their adjacent lands, roughly corresponding to the modern parish.
- At his death he held land in several vills in the neighbourhood of Pilton, where his brother seems to have been living still.
- Hence the ‘multiple estate’, the federation of distinct ‘vills’ or townships linked to one manorial centre, which was still prominent in many parts of England in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.
- Apparently they built houses over the allotments which used to be in the village but the neighbouring vill still has some.
Early 17th century: from Anglo-Norman French, from Latin villa 'country house'.
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