WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
town /taʊn/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Government[countable] a thickly populated area, usually smaller than a city and larger than a village, having fixed boundaries and certain local powers of government.
  2. Government[countable] a densely populated area of great size.
  3. Government the inhabitants of a town:[countable]The town loves its high-school football team.
  4. the particular town or city in mind or referred to:[uncountable]to be out of town.
  5. the main business or shopping area in a town or city;
    downtown:[uncountable]We came into town for the big sale.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. Governmentof or relating to a town.
Idioms
  1. Idiomsgo to town, [Informal.]
    • to accomplish something with great speed:They really went to town on that contracting job.
    • to enjoy oneself in a fling or by spending money.
  2. Informal Termson the town, looking for entertainment in a city's nightclubs, etc.;
    out to have a good time:The company took us out for a night on the town.


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
town  (toun),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a thickly populated area, usually smaller than a city and larger than a village, having fixed boundaries and certain local powers of government.
  2. a densely populated area of considerable size, as a city or borough.
  3. (esp. in New England) a municipal corporation with less elaborate organization and powers than a city.
  4. (in most U.S. states except those of New England) a township.
  5. any urban area, as contrasted with its surrounding countryside.
  6. the inhabitants of a town;
    townspeople;
    citizenry.
  7. the particular town or city in mind or referred to:living on the outskirts of town; to be out of town.
  8. a nearby or neighboring city;
    the chief town or city in a district:I am staying at a friend's apartment in town.
  9. the main business or shopping area in a town or city;
    downtown.
  10. [Brit.]
    • a village or hamlet in which a periodic market or fair is held.
    • any village or hamlet.
  11. [Scot.]a farmstead.
  12. go to town, [Informal.]
    • to be successful.
    • to do well, efficiently, or speedily:The engineers really went to town on those plans.
    • to lose restraint or inhibition;
      overindulge.
  13. on the town: 
    • [Informal.]in quest of entertainment in a city's nightclubs, bars, etc.;
      out to have a good time:a bunch of college kids out on the town.
    • supported by the public charity of the state or community;
      on relief.
  14. paint the town. See paint (def. 16).

adj. 
  1. of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or belonging to a town:town laws;town government;town constable.
town less, adj. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English toun, tun, Old English tūn walled or fenced place, courtyard, farmstead, village; cognate with Old Norse tūn homefield, German Zaun fence, Old Irish dún fort
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See community.

Town  (toun),USA pronunciation n.  Ith•i•el  (ithē əl),USA pronunciation 1784–1844, U.S. architect.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

town /taʊn/ n
  1. a densely populated urban area, typically smaller than a city and larger than a village, having some local powers of government and a fixed boundary
  2. (as modifier): town life
    Related adjective(s): urban
  3. a city, borough, or other urban area
  4. (in the US) a territorial unit of local government that is smaller than a county; township
  5. the nearest town or commercial district
  6. London or the chief city of an area
  7. the inhabitants of a town
  8. the permanent residents of a university town as opposed to the university staff and students
  9. go to townto make a supreme or unrestricted effort; go all out
  10. Austral NZ informal to lose one's temper
  11. on the townseeking out entertainments and amusements
Etymology: Old English tūn village; related to Old Saxon, Old Norse tūn, Old High German zūn fence, Old Irish dūn

ˈtownish adj



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