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country

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noun coun·try \ ˈkən-trē \

Definition of country

plural countries
1 :an indefinite usually extended expanse of land :region
  • miles of open country
2 a :the land of a person's birth, residence, or citizenship
  • left their country for America
b :a political state or nation or its territory
  • the country of Italy
3 a :the people of a state or district :populace
  • Most of the country voted to end the death penalty.
b :jury
c :electorate 2
  • The government will go to the country with this issue.
4 :rural as distinguished from urban areas
  • prefers the country to the city

countryish

play \ˈkən-trē-ish\ adjective

Examples of country in a Sentence

  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.

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Did You Know?

The English word country is derived from Latin contra, which means “against” or “on the opposite side.” In Medieval Latin the noun contrata was formed from contra. Contrata was literally “that which is situated opposite the beholder.” But that which is opposite the beholder is just what he or she sees. So contrata meant “landscape.” It also came to mean “expanse of land, region.” This was the original meaning of English country, which over the years has itself developed a number of new meanings.

Origin and Etymology of country

Middle English contree, from Anglo-French cuntree, contré, from Medieval Latin contrata, from Latin contra against, on the opposite side


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country

adjective

Definition of country

1 :of, relating to, or characteristic of the country
  • country living
2 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
3 :of, relating to, suitable for, or featuring country music
  • country singers

Examples of country in a Sentence

  1. plain country living among unpretentious people

Origin and Etymology of country



COUNTRY Defined for English Language Learners

country

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noun

Definition of country for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


country

adjective

Definition of country for English Language Learners

  • : of, relating to, or characteristic of the country

  • : of or relating to country music


COUNTRY Defined for Kids

country

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noun coun·try \ ˈkən-trē \

Definition of country for Students

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


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