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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Many of the Sudanese fighters come from the region of Darfur, where violent conflict consumed the countryside for more than a decade. Amanda Sakuma, Vox, "Saudi Arabia is reportedly outsourcing its war in Yemen to child soldiers," 30 Dec. 2018 But anyone who has entertained visions of owning a villa in the Italian countryside and spending their days drinking wine against a rolling vineyard backdrop isn’t thinking big enough. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "You Can Buy This Stunning Tuscan Castle In Italy," 22 Dec. 2018 Today the city is a kitschy favorite of Vietnamese honeymooners, while the countryside draws active travelers. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Take Your Vietnam Trip to the Next Level," 20 Nov. 2018 The owners wanted a striking facade that was expressive but not showy, so the architects came up with the idea of a gradient paint job meant to evoke a house in the misty countryside. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Modern home stands out with gradient facade," 5 Nov. 2018 This new scent from Jo Malone is so quintessentially British, based on the sweet freshness of the English countryside's honeysuckle and davana greenery. Allure Editors, Allure, "The Best New Beauty Products of September 2018," 30 Sep. 2018 The army controls the main towns and some of the roads between them; insurgents hold sway over the countryside and villages. The Economist, "The fight against Islamic State is moving to Africa," 14 July 2018 After two weeks of intensive military operations, Assad’s forces now control the southern city of Daraa, where the revolution against Assad started, and the surrounding countryside. Washington Post, "Analysis: Iran role in Syria key item at Trump-Putin summit," 13 July 2018 Drive the German countryside — no statutes of Hitler, for example. Lauren Ritchie,, "Statue of Confederate general is no 'piece of art,' has no place in Lake County museum," 1 July 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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