country seat


variants or less commonly countryseat
: a house or estate in the country

Examples of country seat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Priorat was once a country seat for the Barcelona elite and a fine wine region, but phylloxera (a pest that destroys grapevines) swept through in the early 1900s, depleting the wine industry. Maya Kachroo-Levine, Travel + Leisure, 26 Nov. 2023 Spanberger splashed onto the Virginia political scene in 2017 as a former federal law enforcement officer and ex-CIA officer determined to flip a Trump-country seat blue for the first time in 50 years. Meagan Flynn, Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2022 Highclere Castle is a 5,000-acre estate in Hampshire, England and has been the country seat of the Earls of Carnarvon since 1679. Robert Reiss, Forbes, 3 June 2022 Wilton House has served as the country seat of the Earls of Pembroke for over 400 years, and the Palladian Bridge was constructed in 1736-1737 over the little River Nadder, just south of Wilton House. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 3 Apr. 2022 Native craftsmen soon learned to produce their own masterpieces, such as the 15-foot-high staircase designed for Cassiobury House, the country seat of the earls of Essex, around 1677-80. Peter Saenger, WSJ, 23 Jan. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1583, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of country seat was in 1583

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Cite this Entry

“Country seat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


coun·​try·​seat ˌkən-trē-ˈsēt How to pronounce countryseat (audio)
: a mansion or estate in the country
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