Town – a center of population that is larger and more fully developed than a village, but that (traditionally speaking) is not incorporated as a city

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1. A center of population that is larger and more fully developed than a‘village, but that (traditionally speaking) is not incorporated as a city.

2. The territory within which this population lives.

3. Collectively, the people who live within this territory. — aka township. [1]

     Excerpt from Henry Finch’s Law, or a Discourse Thereof (1759):

     “A town is a precinct anciently containing ten families, whereupon in some countries they are called tithings, within one of which tithings every man must be dwelling, and find sureties for his good behaviour, else he that taketh him into his house is to be amerced in the leet. [2]

town-bonding act:

1. A law authorizing a town, county, or other municipal corporation to issue its corporate bonds for the purpose of aiding in construction, often of railroads. — aka town-bonding law.

town clerk:

1. See CLERK (1).

town collector:

1. A town officer charged with collecting the taxes assessed by a town.

town commissioner:


town council:


town crier:

1.  Hist. A town officer responsible for making proclamations related to town business, usu. by walking the streets and shouting news, alerts, warning, etc.  Often shortened to crier.

town hall:

l. A building that houses the offices of a town’s government.

2. An informal public meeting where participants voice their opinions and pose questions to elected officials, political candidates, or others involved in issues important to the community. — aka (in sense 2) town-hall meeting; town meeting.  Cf. CITY HALL.


1. A dwelling unit having usu. two or three stories and often connected to a similar structure by a common wall and (particularly in a planned-unit development) sharing and owning in common the surrounding grounds. — aka townhome.

town meeting:

l. A legal meeting of a town’s qualified voters for the administration of local government or the enactment of legislation.  *  Town meetings of this type are common in some New England states.

2. More generally, any assembly of a town’s citizens for the purpose of discussing political, economic, or social issues.

3. Modernly, a televised event in which one or more politicians meet and talk with representative citizens about current issues.

town officer:

1. See municipal officer under OFFICER (1).

town order:

1. An official written direction by the auditing Officers Of a town, directing the treasurer to pay a sum of money. — aka town warrant.

town purpose:

1. A municipal project or expenditure that concerns the welfare and advantage of the town as a whole.


1. In a government survey, a square tract six miles on each side, containing thirty-six square miles of land.

2. In some states, a civil and political subdivision of a county having some local government.

3. TOWN (1).

4. TOWN (2).

5. TOWN (3). — Abbr. tp.

township trustee:

1. See TRUSTEE (l).


1. A portion of the public domain segregated by proper authority and procedure as the site for a town.

town treasurer:

1. An officer responsible for maintaining and disbursing town funds.

town warrant:

1. See TOWN ORDER. [1]


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[1] Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black & Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-62130-6

[2]: Henry Finch, Law, or a Discourse Thereof 80 (1759).

To by added:

[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition by Jack Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.

[3]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition
 by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931


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