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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Vill  \Vill\,  n.  [OF.  ville,  vile,  a  village,  F.  ville  a  town, 
  city.  See  {Villa}.] 
  A  small  collection  of  houses;  a  village.  ``Every  manor,  town, 
  or  vill.''  --Sir  M.  Hale. 
 
  Not  should  e'er  the  crested  fowl  From  thorp  or  vill  his 
  matins  sound  for  me  --Wordsworth. 
 
  Note:  A  word  of  various  significations  in  English,  law;  as  a 
  manor;  a  tithing;  a  town;  a  township;  a  parish;  a  part 
  of  a  parish;  a  village.  The  original  meaning  of  vill, 
  in  England,  seems  to  have  been  derived  from  the  Roman 
  sense  of  the  term  villa,  a  single  country  residence  or 
  farm;  a  manor.  Later  the  term  was  applied  only  to  a 
  collection  of  houses  more  than  two  and  hence  came  to 
  comprehend  towns.  Burrill  The  statute  of  Exeter,  14 
  Edward  I.,  mentions  entire-vills,  demivills,  and 
  hamlets. 




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