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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The family was deported from Mexico and lived with relatives in Honduras' countryside, where Larissa's husband worked in construction to save for another trip north. Fox News, "No going home for many Hondurans deported back to brutality," 30 Aug. 2018 Basically, the royals tried to live a normal life in the countryside in their weekend home away from the palace. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Reportedly Moving Out of Their Cotswold Home," 19 Jan. 2019 And what follows is a big, classic quest as the four kids journey through the countryside and learn about sword fighting, the chivalric code, teamwork, trust and the Lady of the Lake (who can be conjured in any body of water). Lindsey Bahr, The Seattle Times, "‘The Kid Who Would Be King’: a refreshing take on the Arthurian legend," 23 Jan. 2019 The best way forward, says Peter Matanle of Britain’s University of Sheffield, may be for Japan to re-wild much of its vacant countryside with forests and parks. The Economist, "A startling amount of land in Japan has no official owner," 15 Mar. 2018 In three days this week, 17 people were killed, including 13 on Tuesday when 114 shells hit Damascus and its countryside. Washington Post, "As deadly shells fall, fear spreads anew in Syrian capital," 24 Feb. 2018 The English Countryside Avid leaf peepers should consider a tour of the English countryside this fall, starting with a stay at manor house hotel Heckfield Place in Hampshire, pictured. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best Places to Visit in September," 25 July 2018 The latest evidence is Blantyre, one of 12 Gilded Age mansions scattered across rolling hills reminiscent of the English countryside around Lenox and Stockbridge. Anthony Flint,, "In the lap of luxury in Lenox, at the reborn Blantyre," 6 June 2018 Two sizes, $2,150 and $5,495 at the Rug Co., 8727 Melrose Ave. or at Bring in a bit of that English countryside with this Ted Baker London pillow. Kavita Daswani,, "Bring a little royal wedding sparkle home," 17 May 2018

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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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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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