coun·​try·​side | \ ˈkən-trē-ˌsīd How to pronounce countryside (audio) \

Definition of countryside

1 : a rural area
2 : the inhabitants of a countryside

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Synonyms for countryside


boondocks, boonies [slang], country, nowhere, sticks

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Examples of countryside in a Sentence

We took a long drive through the open countryside. everyone hates to see the countryside ruined by new developments

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My mother, a nurse who’d been raised in the Swiss countryside with sensible shoes practically sewn into the soles of her feet, would have been horrified. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "What I’ve Learned About Style From My Nigerian Father," 14 June 2019 Imagine an Italian Nonna hanging up her heirloom linen sheets for decades in the Italian countryside—that was our inspiration. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Inside Snowe’s Takeover of the Millennial Luxury Home Goods Market," 13 June 2019 Since 2017, the U.S. has kept a steady rotation of about 4,000 troops in the Polish countryside. Alex Leary, WSJ, "Trump, Duda Agree on Deal for 1,000 More U.S. Troops in Poland," 12 June 2019 Itinerary Itinerary Set off on a hiking adventure in two of Italy’s most scenic regions: the lush countryside of Tuscany and the rugged coast of Liguria. National Geographic, "Italy Hiking Adventure: Tuscany to the Cinque Terre," 12 June 2019 The royals also did some hiking on trails in the beautiful countryside, helped the Brown family tend to their flock and joined in to help repair a dry stone wall on the farm. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Will & Kate visit farm country, try their hands at shearing squirming sheep," 11 June 2019 Once the train has passed beyond Clapham, in southwest London, the route to Weymouth is a pretty one, cutting through the same countryside that Liebling had observed from the passenger seat of Mr. Biggs’s car. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "A D Day Journey in the Spirit of A. J. Liebling," 7 June 2019 Eventually he was sent with a couple of others to guard a canal lock so the Germans couldn’t flood the surrounding countryside and impede the invasion. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, "D-Day still calls to them, 75 years later," 4 June 2019 Just imagine cruising the countryside in your rolling home all day, then cooking dinner on your induction stove and relaxing with a movie in bed, all without leaving your car! Michele Petry, House Beautiful, "This Company Turns Vans Into Tricked-Out Homes on Wheels," 14 May 2019

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First Known Use of countryside

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of countryside

: land that is away from big towns and cities


coun·​try·​side | \ ˈkən-trē-ˌsīd How to pronounce countryside (audio) \

Kids Definition of countryside

: a rural area or its people

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