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Meaning of Town

In its popular sense, the term indicates a thickly settled area, regardless of its legal boundaries or the form of municipal government . As a generic term, includes all f.r.s. of municipal corporations. The term is also used to denote a collection of houses, which is larger than a village but smaller than a city. See Enfield v Jordan, 119 U.S. 680, 7 S. Cl. 358, 30 L.Ed. 523. In some jurisdictions the term is used synonymously with township . Herrick v Morrill, 37 Minn. 250, 33 N. W. 849.

Town Alternative Definition

In General. The word “town” sometimes indicates a division of the county next smaller in extent than the county itself. It is also often used to denote a small city or village. 125 Ga. 559 ; 54 S. E. 539. The word may be and frequently is used as meaning “township” and vice versa. 244 111. 554; 82 111. 121. See “Township.” Organization, Purpose and Government. In the New England states, the town is for many purposes the unit of civil government. In other states, the county is the .unit, and the town has local government in only a few matters. Generally they are mere political organizations created wholly by statute for certain purposes of local government. They are vested with no franohises or special privileges for their own benefit, have only such powers as the statute confers, and are subject to no obligations, except such as are derived from statutory provieions. 161 Mich, 571, 576. In English Law. The term “towii” or “yill” comprehends under it the several species of cities, boroughs, and common towns. 1 Bl. Comm. 114.

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Concept of Town in the context of Real Property

A short definition of Town: A term varying in meaning, depending on the area of the country. May be a county, city, or unincorporated village.

Concept of Town in the context of Real Property

A short definition of Town: A term varying in meaning, depending on the area of the country. May be a county, city, or unincorporated village.


This term is a noun.

Etimology of Town

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Old English tun “enclosure, garden, field, yard; farm, manor; homestead, dwelling house, mansion;” later “group of houses, village, farm,” from Proto-Germanic *tunaz, *tunan “fortified place” (source also of Old Saxon, Old Norse, Old Frisian tun “fence, hedge,” Middle Dutch tuun “fence,” Dutch tuin “garden,” Old High German zun, German Zaun “fence, hedge”), an early borrowing from Celtic *dunon “hill, hill-fort” (source also of Old Irish dun, Welsh din “fortress, fortified place, camp,” dinas “city,” Gaulish-Latin -dunum in place names), from PIE *dhu-no- “enclosed, fortified place, hill-fort,” from root *dheue- “to close, finish, come full circle” (see down (n.2)). Meaning “inhabited place larger than a village” (mid-12c.) arose after the Norman conquest from the use of this word to correspond to French ville. The modern word is partially a generic term, applicable to cities of great size as well as places intermediate between a city and a village; such use is unusual, the only parallel is perhaps Latin oppidium, which occasionally was applied even to Rome or Athens (each of which was more properly an urbs). First record of town hall is from late 15c. Town ball, version of baseball, is recorded from 1852. Town car (1907) originally was a motor car with an enclosed passenger compartment and open driver’s seat. On the town “living the high life” is from 1712. Go to town “do (something) energetically” is first recorded 1933. Man about town “one constantly seen at public and private functions” is attested from 1734.


Legal English Vocabulary: Town in Spanish

Online translation of the English legal term town into Spanish: ciudad (English to Spanish translation) . More about legal dictionary from english to spanish online.

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