noun, often attributive
dis·​trict | \ ˈdi-(ˌ)strikt How to pronounce district (audio) \

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


districted; districting; districts

Definition of district (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to divide or organize into districts

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Synonyms for district

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of district in a Sentence

Noun Six police officers are in charge of the district. She represents the eighth congressional district.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Poway City Council met Tuesday and approved assessments for various landscape maintenance districts and a lighting district. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 July 2021 Frontline Education polled about 1,200 school and district leaders in the country. Adrienne Broaddus, CNN, 24 July 2021 With a $350,000 injection, Niles Township High Schools District 219 has joined forces with Niles Township to help district and township residents pay rent and secure child care. Phil Rockrohr, chicagotribune.com, 23 July 2021 Relations between the district and the union deteriorated amidst the strain of extended school closures, and fraught negotiations over reopening plans, during the pandemic. BostonGlobe.com, 21 July 2021 Marco and Sven tried to file civil lawsuits against the state of Berlin and the Tempelhof-Schöneberg district, the location of the youth-welfare office, for breach of official duties. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, 19 July 2021 Chinatown - The oldest district in Bangkok and famous for its infusion of both Thai and Chinese culture. Travel + Leisure, 14 July 2021 Saunders had 45 catches for 946 yards and 13 touchdowns and was named first-team all OCC-Capital, all-district and all-state in Division II. cincinnati.com, 14 July 2021 Other state and district officials have adopted a patchwork of coronavirus regulations for schools. Heather Hollingsworth, Anchorage Daily News, 13 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The parks district annual budget is $34 million, so $5 million a year would account for 14%. Scott Wartman, The Enquirer, 17 June 2021 The result — a patchwork of different policies depending on what state Americans live in, or even down to which district their kids are enrolled in — comes on the heels of a chaotic school year that’s finally coming to a close. Cheyenne Haslett, ABC News, 8 June 2021 His Wildcats are guaranteed to be at home for the next two weeks, as the top seed in their Division I district bracket that connects to a western region of the state. Matt Goul, cleveland, 20 Feb. 2021 Meanwhile, two Canyons district high schools have remained open for classes despite exceeding 15 cases. Erin Alberty, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 Sep. 2020 Facebook commenters wondered: Would district staff stay safe once schools are fully in session? Ryan Mckinnon And Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, 10 July 2020 But kudos to school administrators, with a big assist from eyes-wide-open community leaders, for taking a bold step that districts such as Dallas and Frisco have yet to take. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, 24 Feb. 2020 Other Hamilton County districts In February, the school board for Hamilton Southeastern Schools considered flipping start times so that the youngest students would start first and older students would start later. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, 19 May 2020 They are also often subjected to discriminatory policies from banks, including lack of access to branches, and rejections from conventional loans due to districting policies by the FHA that poorly rated minority neighborhoods. Karen Ho, Quartz, 18 Apr. 2020

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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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“District.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/district. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce district (audio) \

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
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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