Definition of villa in English:


Syllabification: vil·la
Pronunciation: /ˈvilə


  • 1(Especially in continental Europe) a large and luxurious country residence.
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    • Several hours surfing later and Paul had located a luxurious villa, not quite in Japan, but just an hour's time difference away.
    • They made fun of the capitalist system while the élite lived in these luxurious villas and ate the best.
    • Developers have taken leases on the Grenadines for centuries; it is just that they planted Mustique with luxurious villas rather than with the cotton or sugar of times past.
  • 1.1A large country house of Roman times, having an estate and consisting of farm and residential buildings arranged around a courtyard.
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    • It was one of the latest finds at a site that had been a Roman villa estate, and previously a middle and late Iron Age farmstead.
    • In written Roman sources a villa is usually the seaside or country estate of a wealthy member of the urban elite.
    • Roman entertainment, like Roman roads, Roman baths, Roman villas etc, is etched in people's minds today as a result of recent films.
  • 1.2British A detached or semidetached house in a residential district, typically one that is Victorian or Edwardian in style.
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    • Then it is the grand Edwardian houses, Victorian villas, Regency and Georgian buildings, all culminating at one of the medieval city gates or bars.
    • This is a Victorian villa style residence with two self contained garden apartments to the rear.
    • The proposed site will house 900 residents in converted student accommodation, terraced houses and semi-detached villas spread out across newly landscaped gardens.


early 17th century: from Italian, from Latin.

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