from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small village.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small village or a group of houses.
- n. A village that does not have its own church.
- n. Any of the fish of the genus Hypoplectrus in the family Serranidae.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small village; a little cluster of houses in the country.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small village; a little cluster of houses in the country; especially, in England, a village without a church, which therefore for its ecclesiastical service belongs to the parish represented by another village. Compare parish.
- n. Synonyms See town.
- n. A fish of the family Serranidæ, Epinephelus striatus, also called Nassau grouper, common in the West Indies and along the Florida coast. It is chestnut-brown or slate-colored, with vermilion lips and throat.
- n. Gymnothorax moringa, an eel of the family Murænidæ.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a settlement smaller than a town
- n. the hero of William Shakespeare's tragedy who hoped to avenge the murder of his father
- n. a community of people smaller than a village
Middle English hamelet, from Old French, diminutive of hamel, diminutive of ham, village, of Germanic origin; see tkei- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French hamelet, diminutive of Old French ham (Modern French hameau) of Germanic origin. Cognates include home, Dutch heem, German Heim, Old English hām. (English usage before the 12th century) (Wiktionary)