Correct spelling, explanation: the word villains has its origin in the Latin word villa. Later, it entered Old French as villein and finally, in Middle English, the word appeared in English. Back then, however, villains referred to boors or rustics. In modern English, the meaning of villains has changed.
Definition of villains:
1. noun – bad people who harm others or break the law;
Those two brothers are true villains of the town and everybody is scared of them.
2. noun – bad characters in a book, film, etc.;
Because of the scars on his face he always plays villains in movies.
Collocations with villains:
Some commonly used collocations with villains: play villains, nail villains (to catch villains);
She is a beautiful actress, but somehow she always plays villains in her movies.
The police still haven’t nailed those two villains that robbed the bank last month.
Incorrect spelling, explanation: the pronunciation of the word villains is /ˈvɪl.əns/, which means that the second -i letter is only recognizable in spelling, but not in speech. As a result, a common English mistake is to spell the word villains as
villans, which is incorrect.
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