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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Bette Davis appears in this live-action Disney movie, which takes place in the English countryside. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 20 May 2022 The movie's relentless dread even bled into real life for Buckley, who resides in the English countryside. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 19 May 2022 Harper rents a house in the English countryside to get away from her apartment and out of her head for a couple of weeks. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 17 May 2022 The flower print harkens back to the English countryside and has an air of sophistication. Amanda Lauren, Forbes, 16 May 2022 The film follows Harper (played by Jessie Buckley), a woman who’s retreated to an English countryside home after the death of her husband (played in flashbacks by Paapa Essiedu). David Sims, The Atlantic, 14 May 2022 Upended by guilt and grief, she's booked two weeks at a house in the English countryside that turns out to exceed all Airbnb fantasies: a grand old manor owned by a jolly, horse-y type called Geoffrey (veteran British character actor Rory Kinnear). Leah Greenblatt,, 9 May 2022 Jessie Buckley stars as a recent widow who tries to use a weekend in the English countryside to find some peace. Keith Phipps, Rolling Stone, 2 May 2022 Unlike the original play's setting of an English countryside, the Pottsville Area High School production will take place in the Wild West. WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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Dictionary Entries Near countryside

country seat


country store

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26 May 2022

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“Countryside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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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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