coun·​try·​side ˈkən-trē-ˌsīd How to pronounce countryside (audio)
: a rural area
: the inhabitants of a countryside

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 Costa Rica’s first carbon-neutral farm, the 12-acre Finca Madre Tierra, is a nearby encounter that can include milking cows, riding horses through lush countryside, picking coffee beans and grinding sugarcane. Kathryn Romeyn, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Nov. 2023 The boy, who has lost his mother in a hospital fire in Tokyo, has a tough time adjusting to life with his father’s new wife — his mother’s younger sister — and their new home in the countryside. Ramin Zahed, Los Angeles Times, 13 Nov. 2023 Surviving and thriving Colombia’s hippos — considered the largest invasive animals in the world — flourished in the countryside after escaping from drug-cartel leader Pablo Escobar’s estate. Nature Magazine, Scientific American, 13 Nov. 2023 Some people had been in the countryside in England or in LA walking in the hills. Lily Moayeri, SPIN, 13 Nov. 2023 As our population has exploded in the past century, our countryside has depopulated. Michael Barnard, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 The royal family photo albums will be filled with pictures over the decades of King Charles II, the late Princess Diana, Prince William and the Princess of Wales wearing their wax jackets on relaxed royal visits and traversing the Highlands countryside. Alex Kessler, Vogue, 1 Nov. 2023 Card is from Bowdoin, and police there expanded their search into the surrounding woods and countryside of the largely rural community. Jonathan Dienst, NBC News, 26 Oct. 2023 So, just one year after Rebecca Crumpler's return to Boston, and now, heavy with child, in 1870, her husband, Arthur Crumpler, bought land out in the countryside, a buildable plot for a family home in Hyde Park, about 10 miles from the squalor of the city. Dominique Janee, Scientific American, 2 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Countryside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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coun·​try·​side ˈkən-trē-ˌsīd How to pronounce countryside (audio)
: a rural area or its people

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