noun, often attributive
dis·trict | \ˈdis-(ˌ)trikt \

Definition of district 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a territorial division (as for administrative or electoral purposes)

b : the basic administrative unit for local government in Northern Ireland

2 : an area, region, or section with a distinguishing character a shopping district



Definition of district (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to divide or organize into districts

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Synonyms for district

Synonyms: Noun

neighborhood, quarter, section

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Examples of district in a Sentence


Six police officers are in charge of the district. She represents the eighth congressional district.

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By contrast, Gallego, who faces no Republican challenger this year in his safely Democratic district, uses two accounts to blast out edgy messages often pillorying the Trump administration and Republicans generally. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Twitter purge hits John McCain, Ruben Gallego most among Arizona politicos," 12 July 2018 But few know that Bryce, who is hoping to replace House Speaker Paul Ryan in his southeastern Wisconsin district, is also doing consulting work for a Milwaukee firm headed by the former head of the state Democratic Party. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bice: Ironworker Randy Bryce being paid undisclosed amount by Democratic firm," 11 July 2018 The City Council approved the storage center in March, and council members were asked to return with suggestions for centers in their own districts. Gary Warth, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Chargers headquarters, closed library eyed as possible sites for homeless property storage," 10 July 2018 This land is on the edge of our central business district. Don Stacom, Courant Community, "Burlington Says It Wants New Britain Watershed Land For Conservation, Not Housing," 10 July 2018 Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, are getting the brunt of television ads in their districts and in Washington, D.C., urging them to vote no. Sarah D. Wire, latimes.com, "Democrats' long-shot plan to stop Trump's Supreme Court pick," 8 July 2018 But her viral video gave her campaign a jump-start and spread word of her candidacy well beyond her district's boundaries north of Austin. Mary Jordan, Anchorage Daily News, "Women candidates find their weapon: a viral ad that captures their 'magic'," 8 July 2018 His re-election in 2016 showed the congressman knows his district, a thick slab of Texas that stretches west from San Antonio and covers about 800 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border. Brian Chasnoff, San Antonio Express-News, "For O’Rourke, bipartisanship pays," 6 July 2018 Many selective schools have attempted, successfully at times, to reflect the diversity of their districts. Harry Bruinius, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Keep the test!' A debate flares over exam-based public high schools.," 6 July 2018

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North Shore park districts with fewer beaches have lifeguards on duty for longer periods each day. Tessa Weinberg, chicagotribune.com, "A nighttime drowning in Lake Michigan - and no city lifeguards on duty prompts calls for change," 12 July 2018 The Seminole County school district earned an A, and the other Central Florida districts all got B’s. Leslie Postal, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida's schools earn more As and Bs and fewer Fs, state says," 27 June 2018 The council also approved the creation of a municipal utilities district around the development. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Housing-starved Houston builds anew in the flood plain," 22 May 2018 The 2-to-1 decision is a victory for Democrats in a years-long battle over the legislative lines, which were drawn after the 2010 census to give the 11 House of Delegates districts a voting population that was least 55 percent black. Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, "Court strikes down Virginia House districts as racial gerrymandering," 26 June 2018 With that district probably out of reach in a November rematch, the Orange County districts become even more important for the Democrats. John Wildermuth, San Francisco Chronicle, "Is Orange County fertile ground for the left? California Dems are counting on it," 11 June 2018 Principal Erica Bowles, formerly principal of Longbranch Elementary, said there are plans to offer tours to district families before the first day of school. Melissa Reinert, Cincinnati.com, "New Boone County middle school Ballyshannon on schedule for August opening," 7 June 2018 Perhaps not coincidentally, Republicans are at this point winning a majority of the primary vote in the three competitive Orange County districts: the aforementioned 39th and 48th, and in Rep. Mimi Walters’s 45th. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "California Democrats Did Well, But Not Perfectly, in Primary," 6 June 2018 At least 70 have launched campaigns across the state for everything from the board of education to district judge to the U.S. House of Representatives. refinery29.com, "Black Women Are Running In Record Numbers — But Are They Getting The Support They Need?," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of district


1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1792, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for district


French, from Medieval Latin districtus jurisdiction, district, from distringere to distrain — more at distrain

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English Language Learners Definition of district

: an area established by a government for official government business

: an area or section that has some special characteristic or purpose


dis·trict | \ˈdi-ˌstrikt \

Kids Definition of district

1 : an area or section (as of a city or nation) set apart for some purpose our school district

2 : an area or region with some special feature the city's shopping district



Legal Definition of district 

: a territorial division (as of a nation, state, county, or city) for administrative, judicial, electoral, or other purposes: as

a : an administrative unit especially of a town or city established for the performance of a special governmental function the water district park district

b : congressional district

c : one of the divisions of the United States or of the individual states served by a particular federal or state court

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evasion of direct action or statement

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