Dorp (town)

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Dorp is a term meaning a village or small town, in the Netherlands, Belgian Flanders and South Africa. In some countries a dorp is also a local government area or municipality, which may also administer one or more separate, smaller settlements, such as hamlets.

Originally a Dutch language term, dorp is also used in Afrikaans which originated from 17th Century Dutch. It is also often used in South African English, in which it is a loanword from Afrikaans. In South Africa the word is generally used to refer to a town or village but can in passing speech be used to refer to a city.