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Differentiate between hamlet and village

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Hamlet is smallest of the settlements. It is comprised of a few houses, which are located far from each other and the land in between is used for cultivation.While Village is bigger than hamlet. It is comprised of many houses, whic are constructed near the agricultural land.

A hamlet is a small human settlement. In different jurisdictions and geographies, hamlets may be the size of a town, village or parish, be considered a smaller settlement or subdivision or satellite entity to a larger settlement. The word and concept of a hamlet have roots in the Anglo-Norman settlement of England, where the old French hamlet came to apply to small human settlements. In British geography, a hamlet is considered smaller than a village and distinctly without a church.


The word comes from Anglo-Norman hamelet, corresponding to Old French hamelet, the diminutive of Old French hamel. This, in turn, is a diminutive of Old French ham, possibly borrowed from (West Germanic) Franconian languages. Compare with modern French hameau, Dutch heem, German Heim, Old English hām and Modern English home.[1]

The hamlet Kampung Naga in West Java Province, Indonesia


In Afghanistan the counterpart of the hamlet is the qala (Dari: قلعه, Pashto: کلي) meaning "fort"[2] or "hamlet"[3]. The Afghan qala is a fortified group of houses, generally with its own community building such as a mosque, but without its own marketplace. The qala is the smallest type of settlement in Afghan society, trumped by the village (Dari/Pashto: ده), which is larger and includes a commercial area.


In Australia a hamlet is a small village.[citation needed] Officially, a hamlet differs from a village in having no commercial premises, but has residences and may have community buildings such as churches and public halls.[citation needed]


In Canada's three territories, hamlets are officially designated municipalities.[4] As of January 1, 2010:

Northwest Territories had 11 hamlets,[4] each of which had a population of less than 900 people as of the 2016 census;[5]

Nunavut had 24 hamlets,[4] with populations ranging from 129 to 2,842 as of the 2016 census;[6] and

Yukon had two hamlets,[4] both of which had a population of less than 450 people as of the 2016 census.[7]

In Canada's provinces, hamlets are usually small unincorporated communities within a larger municipality (similar to civil townships in the United States), such as many communities within the single-tier municipalities of Ontario[citation needed] or within Alberta's specialized and rural municipalities.[8]

Canada's two largest hamlets—Fort McMurray (formerly incorporated as a city)[9] and Sherwood Park—are located in Alberta. They each have populations, within their main urban area, in excess of 60,000—well in excess of the 10,000-person threshold that can choose to incorporate as a city in Alberta.[10][11] As such, these two hamlets have been further designated by the Province of Alberta as urban service areas.[12] An urban service area is recognized as equivalent to a city for the purposes of provincial and federal program delivery and grant eligibility


During the 18th century, for rich or noble people, it was up-to-date to create their own hameau (hamlet) in their gardens. They were a group of some houses or farms with rustic appearance, but in fact were very comfortable. The best known is the Hameau de la Reine built by the queen Marie-Antoinette in the park of the Château de Versailles. Or the Hameau de Chantilly built by Louis Joseph, Prince of Condé in Chantilly, Oise.

Lieu-dit (local name) is another name for hamlet.[citation needed] The difference is that a hamlet is permanently inhabited, but a lieu-dit is not (in winter for example, or when the lieu-dit is only an important road crossing).

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