noun, often attributive
back·​coun·​try | \ˈbak-ˌkən-trē \

Definition of backcountry 

: a remote undeveloped rural area

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Examples of backcountry in a Sentence

he took a month's supplies and headed out to the backcountry

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Television shows and movies have long found a home among the state’s charming cities and backcountry beauty. Matthew Monagan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Road Trip: 3 Days in Georgia, the Hollywood of the South," 20 July 2018 Her routine focuses on building stability in her ankles and strength for backcountry skiing. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "Her Exercise? Picking Up Everyone’s Litter," 19 Nov. 2018 On Labor Day weekend last year, Oregon’s backcountry ignited, the night sky glowing red from flames. Jonathan Olivier, Outside Online, "How to Escape a Wildfire When You're Hiking," 26 June 2018 Even at the age of 92, she’s frequently seen riding horses around the grounds of Windsor Castle or driving her Range Rover in Balmoral’s backcountry. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "See David Hockney’s Stained Glass Window, Installed in Westminster Abbey for Queen Elizabeth," 1 Oct. 2018 Parks Canada officials said in a statement Monday that most of last week's closures have been lifted for Waterton park's trails, backcountry campgrounds and waterways. Fox News, "Fire evacuations lifted for Canada's Waterton Lakes park," 27 Aug. 2018 Event proceeds will benefit the Ramona Senior Center Nutrition Program that provides meals weekdays at the senior center and to several backcountry communities. Maureen Robertson, Ramona Sentinel, "Rib & Chicken Fest to benefit senior nutrition program," 20 June 2018 Add both together and our backcountry is going to be very different in the years to come. Rocky Barker, idahostatesman, "Get used to the smoke. We're on track for more wildfires - and they'll reshape Idaho. | Idaho Statesman," 27 May 2018 Doro suggested hiking to Conundrum Hot Springs, a popular backcountry camping spot near Aspen, and enjoying some easy day hikes. The Atlantic, "Is Social Media Luring Hikers Into 'Death Gully'?," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of backcountry

1746, in the meaning defined above

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