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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We took a long drive through the open countryside. everyone hates to see the countryside ruined by new developments
Recent Examples on the Web In the countryside, by contrast, fighting, poverty and oppression remain regular parts of life. New York Times, "Afghans Wonder ‘What About Us?’ as U.S. Troops Prepare to Withdraw," 14 Apr. 2021 The film tells the story of a detective who investigates a murder in the countryside and it has been described as a murder mystery romance. Joan Macdonald, Forbes, "Park Chan-Wook Signs On For TV Adaptation Of ‘The Sympathizer’," 9 Apr. 2021 More broadly, rural electrification transformed daily life in the countryside, for the better. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Jeff Bezos likes Biden’s infrastructure plan because he knows it’s worth the money," 7 Apr. 2021 What is an appropriate regulation in the city may be very different from what is appropriate in the countryside. Matt Seaton, The New York Review of Books, "Armed with Arguments," 3 Apr. 2021 The moves, while more symbolic than practical, could help woo the armed ethnic militias in the countryside to ally themselves with the mass protest movement against the military’s seizure of power in February. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Myanmar, opposition leaders seek alliance with armed groups," 1 Apr. 2021 Chinese apartheid thus sustains the vast disparity in incomes between the cities and the countryside, where the World Bank estimates — and the CCP generally acknowledges — that hundreds of millions live on about $5 per day. Therese Shaheen, National Review, "Chinese Apartheid and the Fragile Communist State," 5 Apr. 2021 Despite its urban appeal, Paraboot is most at home in the countryside south of Lyon, where it’s been based since day one. Benedict Browne, Robb Report, "Why This Cult Shoe Brand Is Beloved by Farmers and Street-Style Stars Alike," 1 Apr. 2021 In the countryside, where Ms. Lhamo was from, victims often lack social support networks and are less educated about their rights. Elsie Chen, New York Times, "Her Abuse Was a ‘Family Matter,’ Until It Went Live," 15 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of countryside

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of countryside was in the 15th century

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20 Apr 2021

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“Countryside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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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