WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
ham•let1 /ˈhæmlɪt/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Governmenta small village.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
ham•let1  (hamlit),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Governmenta small village.
  2. British Terms, Governmenta village without a church of its own, belonging to the parish of another village or town.
  • Gmc; see home) + -et -et
  • Middle French, equivalent. to hamel (diminutive of ham
  • Middle English hamelet 1300–50
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  community. 

ham•let2  (hamlit),USA pronunciation n., pl. (esp. collectively) -let,  ([esp. referring to two or more kinds or species]) -lets. 
  1. Fishany of various sea basses of the family Serranidae, found in the warm waters of the western Atlantic Ocean, esp. the Nassau grouper.
  • origin, originally obscure 1950–55

Ham•let  (hamlit),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Literature(italics) a tragedy (first printed 1603) by Shakespeare.
  2. Literaturethe hero of this play, a young prince who avenges the murder of his father.

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hamlet /ˈhæmlɪt/ n
  1. a small village or group of houses
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French hamelet, diminutive of hamel, from ham, of Germanic origin; compare Old English hamm plot of pasture, Low German hamm enclosed land; see home

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