Etymology
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hamlet (n.)

early 14c., from Old French hamelet "small village," diminutive of hamel "village," itself a diminutive of ham "village," from Frankish *haim or some other Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *haimaz "home" (from PIE root *tkei- "to settle, dwell, be home"); for ending, see -let. Especially a village without a church.

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Definitions of hamlet
1
hamlet (n.)
a community of people smaller than a village;
Synonyms: crossroads
hamlet (n.)
a settlement smaller than a town;
Synonyms: village
2
Hamlet (n.)
the hero of William Shakespeare's tragedy who hoped to avenge the murder of his father;
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