Strictly British

An inhabited place large enough to have a church but smaller than a town, roughly speaking.

In England, the distinction between a town and a village can be a bit tricky, partly because in the last several decades many villages have changed from being agricultural communities into what in the U.S. we would call bedroom communities for people who work elsewhere. Still, compare with market town for one way to distinguish between a village and a town.

A round flat-bottomed pastry shell with a flaky crust, filled with chopped meat, fish, egg, or similar in sauce (NSOED). They're usually small.

  • "And then what does she think's going to happen? Someone else might kill off Voldemort while she's holding us here making vol-au-vents?"
    - Harry to Ginny (DH6)