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. [1913 Webster]

Not should e'er the crested fowl From thorp or vill his matins sound for me. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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