EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TOWN

I need cheerfulness and rest for a long time after this day in town.

He never could find out what was "going on" to bring so many folks into town.

But the house and the town grated harshly now upon the young man.

One time he landed in Pocatello when there wa'n't but one game in town.

Dollars are worth more apiece in New York than any town I've ever been in.

When he set out he meant to reach the car and go back to town at once.

I wanted you to see the last of that town under a cloud, so you might not be homesick so soon.

He was exiled at the age of 30 to Tomi, a town south of the delta of the Danube.

A few years only back, every Carolinian rode to town, and the motor was unknown.

"When you came through the town you waked me up like a whiplash," he was saying.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English tun "enclosure, garden, field, yard; farm, manor; homestead, dwelling house, mansion;" later "group of houses, village, farm," from Proto-Germanic *tunaz, *tunan (cf. 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 *dunom (cf. Old Irish dun, Welsh din "fortress, fortified place, camp," dinas "city;" see down (n.2)).

Meaning "inhabited place larger than a village" (mid-12c.) arose after the Norman conquest, 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 to Rome or Athens (each of which was more properly an urbs).

First record of town hall is from late 15c. Townie "townsman, one raised in a town" is recorded from 1827, often opposed to the university students or circus workers who were just passing through. 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.

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