1. Formerly: An inclosure which surrounded the mere homestead or dwelling of the lord of the manor. The whole of the land which constituted the domain. A collection of houses inclosed by fences or walls.
3. Any collection of houses larger than a village, and not incorporated as a city; also, loosely, any large, closely populated place, whether incorporated or not, in distinction from the country, or from rural communities. God made the country, and man made the town. (Cowper)
7. The metropolis or its inhabitants; as, in winter the gentleman lives in town; in summer, in the country. Always hankering after the diversions of the town. (Addison) Stunned with his giddy larum half the town. (pope)
8. A farm or farmstead; also, a court or farmyard.
Synonym: Village, hamlet. See Village.
(Science: botany) Town 788
cress, the garden cress, or peppergrass. Town house. A house in town, in distinction from a house in the country. See Townhouse. Town meeting, a legal meeting of the inhabitants of a town entitled to vote, for the transaction of public bisiness. Town talk, the common talk of a place; the subject or topic of common conversation.
Origin: OE. Toun, tun, AS. Tun inclosure, fence, village, town; akin to D. Tuin a garden, G. Zaun a hadge, fence, OHG. Zun, Icel. Tun an inclosure, homestead, house, Ir. & Gael. Dun a fortress, W. Din. Cf. Down, Dune, tine to inclose.