coun·​try·​side | \ˈkən-trē-ˌsīd \

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 vast majority of the war dead has yet to be located and retrieved from cemeteries and battlefields across the countryside. Eric Talmadge, Fox News, "Analysis: Returning remains good, but easy, move for N.Korea," 27 July 2018 Cue the images of stills, shotguns, Mason jars and bootleggers being chased through the countryside by law enforcement. Cassie Armstrong,, "Moonshine Day: How to observe in Central Florida," 5 June 2018 These bikers, like their brethren in the U.S., have gathered to seek out empty winding roads through the countryside—where two wheels and a motor means freedom in any language. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Beer and Bikes in the Black Forest—And All for a Good Cause," 31 May 2018 Drive through the countryside There aren’t many trees growing on this island nation with 130 volcanoes. Liz Dufour, USA TODAY, "WOW Air stopover: Photos of 82 hours in Iceland," 25 May 2018 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces had swept through the countryside beginning in late January as part of the Tet Offensive, and Capt. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Ernest Medina, company commander acquitted in My Lai Massacre, dies at 81," 14 May 2018 Many more starved to death in the Khmer Rouge’s radical experiment to reshape Cambodia, which exiled much of the middle class to the countryside. James Hookway, WSJ, "U.N. Tribunal for First Time Finds Former Khmer Rouge Leaders Guilty of Genocide," 16 Nov. 2018 By 1944, as the tide of World War II turned against Japan, Shimomura’s father urged the family to move to the countryside to avoid American bombing raids. Harrison Smith, The Seattle Times, "Osamu Shimomura, atomic blast survivor and Nobel-winning chemist, dies at 90," 23 Oct. 2018 The American crew spent their first six weeks in North Korea in Pyongyang before being moved out to the countryside less than an hour from the capital city. Lucas Tomlinson, Fox News, "USS Pueblo spy ship crew tell Trump to bring vessel home from North Korea," 22 Sep. 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 \

Kids Definition of countryside

: a rural area or its people

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