[ith-ee-uh l] /ˈɪθ i əl/ (Show IPA), 1784–1844, U.S. architect.
a city, borough, or other urban area
(in the US) a territorial unit of local government that is smaller than a county; township
the nearest town or commercial district
London or the chief city of an area
the inhabitants of a town
the permanent residents of a university town as opposed to the university staff and students Compare gown (sense 3)
go to town
on the town, seeking out entertainments and amusements
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.
throw in the towel
Any person who wears a turban, esp a person from the Middle East (1985+)
In addition to the idiom beginning with
[ih-thoh-mee] /ɪˈθoʊ mi/ noun 1. Mount, a mountain in SW Greece, in SW Peloponnesus. 2630 feet (802 meters). 2. in ancient geography, a fortress of Messenia on Mount Ithome.
two of David’s warriors so designated (2 Sam. 23:38; 1 Chr. 11:40).
[ee-th oo n] /ˈi ðʊn/ noun 1. . [ee-th oo n] /ˈi ðʊn/ noun, Scandinavian Mythology. 1. a goddess, keeper of the apples of youth and wife of Bragi; abducted by the giant Thjazi, from whom she was rescued. /ˈiːðʊn/ noun 1. a variant of Idun /ˈiːdʊn/ noun 1. (Norse myth) the goddess of spring […]
[ith-uh-fal-ik] /ˌɪθ əˈfæl ɪk/ adjective 1. of or relating to the phallus carried in ancient festivals of Bacchus. 2. grossly indecent; obscene. 3. Classical Prosody. noting or pertaining to any of several meters employed in hymns sung in Bacchic processions. noun 4. a poem in ithyphallic meter. 5. an indecent poem. /ˌɪθɪˈfælɪk/ adjective 1. (prosody) […]