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ham·let

 (hăm′lĭt)
n.
1. A small village.
2. In New York state, an unincorporated community that is within a town and is not a part of a village.

[Middle English hamelet, from Old French, diminutive of hamel, diminutive of ham, village, of Germanic origin; see tkei- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

hamlet

(ˈhæmlɪt)
n
1. a small village or group of houses
2. (in Britain) a village without its own church
[C14: from Old French hamelet, diminutive of hamel, from ham, of Germanic origin; compare Old English hamm plot of pasture, Low German hamm enclosed land; see home]

ham•let

(ˈhæm lɪt)

n.
a small village.
[1300–50; Middle English hamelet < Middle French, =hamel (diminutive of ham < Germanic; see home) + -et -et]

Ham•let

(ˈhæm lɪt)

n.
the hero of a tragedy by Shakespeare, Hamlet (1603), a young prince who avenges the murder of his father.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hamlet - a community of people smaller than a villagehamlet - a community of people smaller than a village
community - a group of people living in a particular local area; "the team is drawn from all parts of the community"
2.Hamlet - the hero of William Shakespeare's tragedy who hoped to avenge the murder of his father
3.hamlet - a settlement smaller than a townhamlet - a settlement smaller than a town  
settlement - an area where a group of families live together
campong, kampong - a native village in Malaysia
kraal - a village of huts for native Africans in southern Africa; usually surrounded by a stockade
pueblo - a communal village built by Indians in the southwestern United States
Translations
landsby
küla
kirkonkyläkyläkyläpahanentaloryhmä
falucska
村落集落
viculusvicus
siołowioska
by

hamlet

[ˈhæmlɪt] Naldea f, caserío m

hamlet

[ˈhæmlɪt] nhameau m

hamlet

nWeiler m, → kleines Dorf

hamlet

[ˈhæmlɪt] npaesetto, paesino
References in classic literature ?
You can teach me, and then when we play HAMLET, you can be Laertes, and we'll make a fine thing of the fencing scene.
He had, doubtless, set his heart upon an elephant; or, possibly, with Hamlet, he meant to eat a crocodile.
1] A slightly inaccurate quotation from Hamlet, Act III, scene I, lines 369-370.
It is the uncivilized free and wild thinking in Hamlet and the Iliad, in all the scriptures and mythologies, not learned in the schools, that delights us.
We must dispose of about the amount of time it ought to take to go to the little hamlet of Abblasoure and put justice on the track of those murderers and get back home again.
We have never finished Hamlet, Marianne; our dear Willoughby went away before we could get through it.
Again I looked out: we were passing a church; I saw its low broad tower against the sky, and its bell was tolling a quarter; I saw a narrow galaxy of lights too, on a hillside, marking a village or hamlet.
How they affected my aunt, nobody knew; for immediately upon the separation, she took her maiden name again, bought a cottage in a hamlet on the sea-coast a long way off, established herself there as a single woman with one servant, and was understood to live secluded, ever afterwards, in an inflexible retirement.
Wopsle said grace with theatrical declamation - as it now appears to me, something like a religious cross of the Ghost in Hamlet with Richard the Third - and ended with the very proper aspiration that we might be truly grateful.
Like most ancient guide-posts, it led me quite wrong, down into a pig's-trough of a hamlet whither I felt sure she couldn't have been bound.
As they thus conversed, the heavy bell of the church of Saint Michael of Templestowe, a venerable building, situated in a hamlet at some distance from the Preceptory, broke short their argument.
Livesey came late one afternoon to see the patient, took a bit of dinner from my mother, and went into the parlour to smoke a pipe until his horse should come down from the hamlet, for we had no stabling at the old Benbow.