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aldea (Spanish) a small village or a farm in Portugal, Spain, or one of their former territories.
barrio (Spanish) a Spanish-speaking, usually poor community or district.
beguinage (Fr.) an establishment for beguins.
bicoastal living or based simultaneously on two coasts, esp in N. America.
bidonville (Fr.) a shanty town with dwellings made from oil-drums.
bohemia a community of bohemians.
boomburb a large suburb experiencing rapid population growth.
boomtown a town which has expanded rapidly and prospered.
boondock (Tagalog) a remote and wild place.
borghetto (Ital.) a big village.
borgo (Ital.) a market town.
bourg (Fr.) a town beside a castle, a market-town.
bro a place for which one feels a strong affinity.
brugh a borough.
burb (Short for) a suburb.
burgh a borough or incorporated town, esp in Scotland.
burghal belonging to a burgh, a borough or incorporated town, esp one in Scotland.
burrowstown (Scots) a town that is a burgh.
cabbagetown a city slum.
campong (Malay) a Malay village.
cantonment a small military town.
citied belonging to, or resembling, a city.
citification the act of citifying.
citify to adapt to the city.
city a large town.
cityfication the act of cityfying.
cityfy to adapt to the city.
clach (Gaelic) a small village; (verb) to kill by stoning.
clachan (Gaelic) a small village.
cohousing a type of housing with some shared facilities.
colocate to place two or more housing units in close proximity.
conurban relating to a conurbation.
conurbation an aggregation or continuous network of urban communities.
conurbia conurbations considered as a class.
cosmopolis a large city.
cottager one who lives in a cottage.
cottown (Scots) a group of outhouses.
cowtown a rural town or city in a cattle-raising area.
dorp (Afrikaans) a S. African village or small town.
douar (Arabic) a circular Arab encampment.
dowar (Arabic) a circular Arab encampment.
duar (Arabic) a circular Arab encampment.
ekistic relating to ekistics, the study of human settlements.
ekistical relating to ekistics, the study of human settlements.
ekistician a student of ekistics, the study of human settlements.
ekistics the study of human settlements.
empeople (Obs.) to form into a people or community.
endship (Obs.) a village.
exurb a residential area, esp a prosperous one, outside the suburbs of a town.
exurban relating to an exurb, a residential area, esp a prosperous one, outside the suburbs of a town.
exurbia exurbs collectively.
faubourg (Fr.) a suburb just beyond the walls or a district recently included within a city.
favela (Port.) in Brazil, a shantytown.
favella (Port.) in Brazil, a shantytown.
ghetto the Jews' quarter in a city; any poor quarter inhabited by a racial or other group.
ghettoise to confine to a ghetto.
ghettoize to confine to a ghetto.
greenbelt a strip of open land surrounding a town.
hamlet a small town.
hithe a port or small haven.
homestall a homestead.
hometown the town of one's birth or residence.
hythe a port or small haven.
ideopolis a city that is sustained primarily by intellectual enterprises such as education, the media, advertising and design, with a highly educated workforce.
intown in a town.
kahal (Hebrew) a Jewish community in Europe.
kaik (Maori) the South Island dialect word for kainga, a Maori village.
kaika (Maori) the South Island dialect word for kainga, a Maori village.
kainga (Maori) a village or small settlement.
kampong (Malay) a Malay village.
maidan (Urdu) in India, an open plain; an open space near a town.
manyata (Masai) a small Masai settlement or encampment.
manyatta (Masai) a small Masai settlement or encampment.
medina (Arabic) in N. African cities, the ancient native quarter.
megacity a big city.
megalopolis a wide-spreading, thickly-populated urban area.
menopolis (Coll.) an area with a high proportion of single men.
metroplex a large urban or metropolitan area.
metropolis the chief or capital city of a country, state, or region.
metropolitical of or like a metropolis.
micropolis a small city.
mofussil (Urdu) in India, the rural localities of a district as distinguished from the chief station or the town.
moshav (Hebrew) a settlement like a kibbutz, but with more private property.
multicity involving several cities.
mura (Japanese) a Japanese village.
nahal (Hebrew) in Israel, an agricultural settlement established and manned by soldiers.
nomadise to lead the life of a nomad.
nomadism the state of being a nomad.
nomadize to lead the life of a nomad.
nomady the state of being a nomad.
nonghetto not related to a ghetto.
oecist (Hist.) the founder of a colony.
oikist (Hist.) the founder of a colony.
outcity anywhere outside a city's confines.
outport a port out of or remote from the chief port.
overspill the proportion of a population that leaves a district due to housing pressures; (verb) to spill over.
parischan (Scots) a parish.
parischane (Scots) a parish.
parishen (Scots) a parish.
parochin (Scots) a parish.
parochine (Scots) a parish.
plaza (Spanish) a square, eg in a town.
plottage the size or value of a specified piece of land, regarded in terms of the area accumulated from its constituent plots.
pomoerium (Lat.) an open space around a town within the walls.
purlieu (Fr.) a neighbourhood; a suburb.
quartier (Fr.) a specified district in a French town or city.
rancheria (Spanish) in Spanish America and the western US, a collection of Indian huts; a place or house where a number of rancheros live.
rancherie a Canadian Indian village or settlement, esp on a reserve.
resiant (Arch.) resident, dwelling; (noun) a resident.
rurban partially rural, partially urban.
seaport a port.
seminomad one leading a partially nomadic existence.
seminomadic leading the life of a seminomad.
settlement the act of settling.
shantytown a usually poor town or section of a town consisting mostly of shanties.
shtetel (Yiddish) formerly, a Jewish community in an Eastern European town or village.
shtetl (Yiddish) formerly, a Jewish community in an Eastern European town or village.
slum a squalid urban area (verb) to visit slums
slumism the prevalence of slums.
slurb an area combining the characteristics of a slum and a suburb.
slurban like a slurb, i.e. combining the characteristics of a slum and a suburb.
subblock a subdivision of a block.
subtopia the suburbs of a city.
subtopian of or like subtopia, the suburbs of a city.
suburb a district or community adjoining a town or city.
suburban pertaining to a suburb; (noun) a resident in the suburbs.
suburbanise to make suburban.
suburbanism the state of being suburban.
suburbanity the state of being suburban.
suburbed having suburbs.
suburbia the suburban world.
supercity a very big city.
tentage a collection of tents; an encampment.
tetrapolis a group of four cities.
tetrapolitan relating to a tetrapolis, a group of four towns.
thorp (Arch.) a group of houses in the country; a small village.
thorpe (Arch.) a group of houses in the country; a small village.
toun (Scots) a town.
town a center of population smaller than a city.
townland esp. in Ireland, a division of land of varying extent; a territorial division, a township.
townless without a town.
townlet a small town.
townling a small town.
townly townish.
township (S. Afr.) an urban settlement inhabited by poor black people.
townsite the site of a town.
towny belonging to the town.
tricity an area that comprises three adjoining cities.
urb an urban area.
urban pertaining to a city.
urbanism the lifestyle of city-dwellers.
urbia (Lat.) cities collectively.
vicinage neighbourhood; residents in a neighbourhood.
vill a township, or feudal territorial unit.
villadom the world of suburban residences.
village a small community in a rural area.
villagery villages; a district of villages.
villagree (Shakesp.) villagery, villages collectively.
villar pertaining to a manor or village.
villatic (Milton) of or relating to a farmyard or village.
voisinage (Obs.) a neighbourhood.
wastelot an unused lot of land in a built-up area.
woon (Spenser) to dwell.