What is a town?

What is a town? Here are some definitions.

  1. A settlement; an area with residential districts, shops and amenities, and its own local government; especially one larger than a village and smaller than a city.
  2. Any more urbanized center than the place of reference.
  3. (Britain, historical) A rural settlement in which a market was held at least once a week.
  4. The residents (as opposed to gown: the students, faculty, etc.) of a community which is the site of a university.
  5. (colloquial) Used to refer to a town or similar entity under discussion.
  6. (law) A municipal organization, such as a corporation, defined by the laws of the entity of which it is a part.
  7. (obsolete) An enclosure which surrounded the mere homestead or dwelling of the lord of the manor.
  8. (obsolete) The whole of the land which constituted the domain.
  9. (obsolete) A collection of houses enclosed by fences or walls.
  10. (Britain, Scotland, dialect, obsolete) A farm or farmstead; also, a court or farmyard.
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