What is villa?

  • (noun): Pretentious and luxurious country residence with extensive grounds.
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A villa was originally an ancient Roman upper-class country house. Since its origins in the Roman villa, the idea and function of a villa have evolved considerably. After the fall of the Roman Republic, villas became small farming compounds, which were increasingly fortified in Late Antiquity, sometimes transferred to the Church for reuse as a monastery. Then they gradually re-evolved through the Middle Ages, into elegant upper-class country homes. In modern parlance 'villa' can refer to a various types and sizes of residences, ranging from the suburban "semi-detached" double villa to residences in the wildland-urban interface.

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Nigel Spink - Playing Career
... Chelmsford City and then, at the age of just 18, to Aston Villa ... Ten minutes into the 1982 final against Bayern Munich, Villa's first choice goalkeeper, Jimmy Rimmer, was injured and substitute keeper Spink was called into action, having ... Spink performed superbly, keeping a clean sheet, and Villa won the game 1–0 ...
Villas Abroad - The 20th - 21st Centuries - Other
... Today the term "villa" is often applied to vacation rental properties ... In Australia "villas" or "villa units" are terms used to describe a type of townhouse complex which contains, possibly smaller attached or detached houses of up to 3-4 bedrooms that ... In New Zealand the term "villa" is commonly used to describe a style of wooden weatherboard house constructed before WW1 characterised by high ceilings (often 12ft), sash windows, and a long ...
Vipin Handa - Biography
... Khan and Amitabh Bachchan.He also runs his renowned men's fashion store Villa Appearances, which are branched all over India ... Ranbir Kapoor respectively.He and his store Villa Appearances have launched their own boutique Bed and Breakfast called Villa 29 ...
Villa Soldati
... Villa Soldati is a neighbourhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina, located in the South-West of the city ... José Soldati as "Villa Lugano," the area originally included what today is the Villa Lugano neighborhood ... Villa Soldati was formally demarcated as such in 1972 ...
Villa Le Balze
... Villa Le Balze is a garden villa in Fiesole, Tuscany, central Italy ... The Villa is owned by Georgetown University and hosts year round study abroad students ... Rockefeller, gifted the Villa le Balze to Georgetown University ...

More definitions of "villa":

  • (noun): Country house in ancient Rome consisting of residential quarters and farm buildings around a courtyard.
  • (noun): Detached or semi-detached suburban house.