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Probably Middle English villein from Old French villain (modern: vilain), in turn from Late [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] villanus, meaning serf or peasant, someone who is bound to the soil of a villa, which is to say, worked on the equivalent of a plantation in late Antiquity, in Italy or Gaul.
- A vile, wicked person.
- An extremely depraved person, or one capable or guilty of great crimes.
- A deliberate scoundrel.
- The bad person in a stage or screen play.
- (archaic) The lowest level of medieval serfdom.
- Genitive plural form of villa.
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