From Middle English town, toun, from Old English tūn ("enclosure, garden"), from Proto-Germanic *tūną ("fence") (compare West Frisian tún, Dutch tuin ("garden"), German Zaun, Danish, Swedish and Norwegian tun), from Gaulish dunom ("hill, hillfort"), from Proto-Celtic *dūnom (compare archaic Welsh din ("hill"), Irish dún ("fortress")), from Proto-Indo-European *dewh₂- ("to finish, come full circle"). dun. See also -ton and tine.
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