noun coun·try \ˈkən-trē\

: an area of land that is controlled by its own government

the country : the people who live in a country

: an area or region that has a particular quality or feature or is known for a particular activity.

plural countries

Full Definition of COUNTRY

:  an indefinite usually extended expanse of land :  region <miles of open country>
a :  the land of a person's birth, residence, or citizenship
b :  a political state or nation or its territory
a :  the people of a state or district :  populace
b :  jury
c :  electorate 2
:  rural as distinguished from urban areas <prefers the country to the city>
coun·try·ish \-trē-ish\ adjective

Examples of COUNTRY

  1. The two countries have a lot in common.
  2. They drove across the country from California to New York.
  3. They are living in different parts of the country.
  4. The whole country was stunned by the news.
  5. The President has the support of most of the country.
  6. He moved to the north country to fish and hunt.
  7. We went camping in the hill country.
  8. They drove through miles of open country.
  9. She lives out in the country.
  10. They prefer the country to the city.

Origin of COUNTRY

Middle English contree, from Anglo-French cuntree, contré, from Medieval Latin contrata, from Latin contra against, on the opposite side
First Known Use: 13th century

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: of, relating to, or characteristic of the country

: of or relating to country music

Full Definition of COUNTRY

:  of, relating to, or characteristic of the country
a :  of or relating to a decorative style associated with life in the country <an English country look>; also :  possessing a style of rustic simplicity <country furniture>
b :  prepared or processed with farm supplies and procedures <country ham>
:  of, relating to, suitable for, or featuring country music <country singers>

Examples of COUNTRY

  1. <plain country living among unpretentious people>

First Known Use of COUNTRY

14th century

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COUNTRIES Defined for Kids


noun coun·try \ˈkən-trē\
plural coun·tries

Definition of COUNTRY for Kids

:  a land lived in by a people with a common government <the countries of Europe>
:  region 1, district <good farming country>
:  open rural land away from big towns and cities <Take a ride in the country.>
:  the people of a nation <a whole country in revolt>
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