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 organization requested that participants not travel to D.C. from states on the district's quarantine list. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "As hundreds gather for Women's March to protest Trump and Barrett's nomination, dozens expected to rally in support," 17 Oct. 2020 Joe Allen, the theater district's favorite pre or post theater burger (or meatloaf or chicken sandwich) and martini place opened October 15 after being closed due to the pandemic since March 17. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "The First Night Back At: Theater-District Icon Joe Allen," 17 Oct. 2020 The staff who support the district's nearly 100,000 students have also been on Pollio's mind. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Pollio has faith that JCPS will resume in-person classes during 2020-21 school year," 16 Oct. 2020 Several of the district's schools have yet to report data to the state. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, "See how many cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Central Indiana schools," 16 Oct. 2020 Good, the Republican nominee, is banking on the district's traditionally conservative social lean. Washington Examiner Staff, Washington Examiner, "Biden says voters have poor memories over being better off today than four years ago," 15 Oct. 2020 Carver Magnet Pre-K also transitioned to virtual classes through Friday and will reassess then whether students can return, according to the Little Rock district's webpage. Lara Farrar, Arkansas Online, "Governor raises virus concerns," 13 Oct. 2020 One reason for the district's greater engagement is Arizona's recent history on immigration-enforcement efforts that are viewed by many members of the Hispanic community as racist. AZCentral.com, "Arizona was once a sure bet for Republicans. Now it's a key swing state in the election.," 12 Oct. 2020 The district's current budget is approximately $439 million. Sara Pagones, NOLA.com, "Frank Jabbia selected as next superintendent of St. Tammany Parish Public Schools," 9 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Meanwhile, two Canyons district high schools have remained open for classes despite exceeding 15 cases. Erin Alberty, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Another Salt Lake County high school closes for ‘deep cleaning' after surpassing 15 COVID-19 cases," 22 Sep. 2020 Facebook commenters wondered: Would district staff stay safe once schools are fully in session? Ryan Mckinnon And Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "'Scared for my life,' but needing a salary: Teachers weigh risks as COVID-19 looms," 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, "Highland Park just lost another teen to suicide. Here’s why the school district isn’t staying silent about it," 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, "Carmel Clay Schools approve late start for older students, more recess for elementary schools," 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, "Coronavirus is widening America’s wealth gap," 18 Apr. 2020 State media said the rallies took place in more than 5,000 cities, towns, and districts all around Iran. Nasser Karimi, BostonGlobe.com, "Iran remembers 1979 Islamic Revolution amid high US tension," 11 Feb. 2020 The park districts for San Mateo and Sonoma counties have taken more drastic steps. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area parks brace for another month of perilous popularity — “We’re the only game in town.”," 2 May 2020 In 2011, for example, the last commission created what were considered three competitive U.S. House districts out of the state's nine seats overall. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Arizona chief justice's emergency order will keep info about redistricting commission secret," 10 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 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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