from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Archaic A hamlet.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A group of houses standing together in the country; a hamlet; a village.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A group of houses in the country; a small village; a hamlet; a dorp; -- now chiefly occurring in names of places and persons.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A group of houses standing together in the country; a hamlet; a village: used chiefly in place-names, and in names of persons derived from places: as, Althorp, Copmansthorpe.
Middle English, from Old English; see treb- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English thorp, throp, from Old English þorp, þrop ("farm, village"), from Proto-Germanic *þurpan, *þrepan (“village, farmstead, troop”), from Proto-Indo-European *trab-, *treb- (“dwelling, room”). Cognate with North Frisian torp, terp ("village, fallow"), Dutch dorp ("village"), German Dorf ("hamlet, village, town"), Danish torp ("village"), Swedish torp ("farm, cottage, croft"), Icelandic þorp ("village, farm"), Latin trabs ("beam, rafter, roof"), Lithuanian trōbà ("farmhouse"), Welsh tref ("town"), Albanian trevë ("country, region, village"). Related to troop. (Wiktionary)