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dis·​trict ˈdi-(ˌ)strikt How to pronounce district (audio)
often attributive
: a territorial division (as for administrative or electoral purposes)
: the basic administrative unit for local government in Northern Ireland
: an area, region, or section with a distinguishing character
a shopping district


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districted; districting; districts

transitive verb

: to divide or organize into districts

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
Ohio allows districts to opt in, and last year just two of 611 school districts reported BMI information to the state. Kavitha Cardoza, CNN, 12 Apr. 2024 The district has also offered guidance to families on what to do if their child is missing school due to anxiety. The Arizona Republic, 12 Apr. 2024 Thousands of apartments and condominiums were added to the financial district — followed by bars, restaurants and stores that thrived on the residents and office workers whose bosses took advantage of comparatively low rents in gleaming towers that were being upgraded by their owners. Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2024 The process included a community survey, stakeholder interviews and focus groups and visits to the district by the finalists. Alec Johnson, Journal Sentinel, 12 Apr. 2024 Karma Automotive manufactures the luxury electric vehicles in the legislator’s district. Hector Amezcua, Sacramento Bee, 11 Apr. 2024 At 12 years old, Cherie was pulling in $3,500 weekly, sourcing wholesale supplies from LA’s fashion district and making handcrafted, ‘Basketball Wives’ style earrings to sell at school. Ebony Flake, Essence, 11 Apr. 2024 Thursday’s ruling was a win for the district and election integrity, Puckett told The Charlotte Observer. Mary Ramsey, Charlotte Observer, 11 Apr. 2024 The improvements align with the district’s Rebuilding Stronger plan, which aims to revamp the district’s middle school experience by providing more equitable access to school programming like athletic offerings. Caroline Beck, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Apr. 2024
That has led to a push in states with referendum processes to take the power to district away from legislatures. TIME, 1 Apr. 2024 Average drop in math scores, 3rd grade through 8th Richest districts Poorest districts Richest districts Poorest districts Mostly in-personMostly remote/hybrid 0.64years behind 0.44years behind 0.39years behind 0.29years behind Score changes are measured from 2019 to 2022. Francesca Paris, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2024 The board promoted Chris Hutchens from Bentonville High School athletic director to district athletic director during its meeting May 16. Al Gaspeny, Arkansas Online, 1 June 2023 Ewers didn’t let that district him. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, 31 Oct. 2020 What to look for: The girls Division I race should provide some insight into what to expect in the postseason, as Westlake, Medina and Avon all will be butting heads three weeks in a row in the Division I district, regional and state meets. Joe Magill, cleveland, 6 Oct. 2022 The short-term goals would be to court businesses and other employers to come to Baltimore and expressly district 45 to hire its citizens. George Johnson, Baltimore Sun, 18 May 2022 The state courts announced all courthouses in Barnstable County will remain closed Thursday due to lack of power as will district courts in Stoughton and Wareham. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Oct. 2021 In August, the board voted 5-0 to give Magyar authority to make quick policy changes, based on ever-changing COVID-19 infection numbers, to district COVID-19 policy without prior board approval. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 12 Oct. 2021

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1792, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of district was in 1611

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Cite this Entry

“District.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/district. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
dis·​trict ˈdis-(ˌ)trikt How to pronounce district (audio)
: an area or section (as of a city or nation) set apart for some purpose
a school district
a judicial district
: an area or region having some special feature
a coal-mining district


2 of 2 verb
: to divide or organize into districts

Legal Definition


: a territorial division (as of a nation, state, county, or city) for administrative, judicial, electoral, or other purposes: as
: an administrative unit especially of a town or city established for the performance of a special governmental function
the water district
park district
: 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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