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 Drone footage showed a broken bridge in the district. Time, "66 People Have Died in Indonesia's Devastating Floods. Here's What to Know," 8 Jan. 2020 The protests have taken a toll on shopping districts and tourism in particular. Fortune, "The Driverless Car Moonshot Is Over," 7 Jan. 2020 Of the 895 places available last year, only seven (or 0.8%) were offered to black students (in a district where 25% of students are black). The Economist, "The dignity of all the talents A battle over gifted education is brewing in America," 5 Jan. 2020 Senior forward Nekhi Smith, a first-team all-district and special mention all-Ohio selection last season, helped put the game away with 10 of his 15 points coming in the fourth quarter. Shelby Dermer, Cincinnati.com, "Taft basketball returning to form under head coach Mark Mitchell," 4 Jan. 2020 Senior Peyton Pluenneke was the individual champion at both the district and regional meet. Elliott Lapin, Houston Chronicle, "Five Hargrave coaches named SETCA Coaches of the Year," 3 Jan. 2020 Any candidate below this threshold — even by a slim margin — doesn't get any delegates in that state or district. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "When the major primaries and caucuses are happening – and how they work," 2 Jan. 2020 Lynnfield is served by two water districts — the Lynnfield Center Water District and the Lynnfield Water District, which serves another portion of town. BostonGlobe.com, "The Lynnfield Center Water District is evaluating several options for expanding its water supply.," 31 Dec. 2019 One student’s decision does not represent our school or district. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Wyoming High School Students Disciplined After Dressing As KKK," 20 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There’s also at least one GOP candidate in each of the 16 Senate districts up for grabs next year. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "Several contentious Ohio legislative primaries are on tap for 2020," 18 Dec. 2019 On Tuesday, a motion failed to keep polygons 200 and 1200 districted to River Hill High and instead, a motion passed to move those two same polygons to Glenelg High. Jess Nocera, baltimoresun.com, "Howard redistricting: School board moves past high schools, begins discussing middle and elementary levels," 13 Nov. 2019 Because the district closed South High School, the neighborhood’s only district high school, 10 years ago, the Council has less connection to nearby high schools. Patrick O'donnell, cleveland, "Slavic Village neighborhood groups rally behind schools with P-16: Cleveland City Champions," 15 Dec. 2019 But nobody knows exactly how many threats are made against individual schools each year, because few if any states mandate that districts track and publicly report the incidents and actions taken. Erin Richards, USA TODAY, "A New York village averted a potential school shooting. Parents are still furious.," 2 Dec. 2019 This approach, called universal testing, had been discussed among gifted education experts for several years, and now districts like MCPS were finally implementing it. Alexandra Ossola, Quartz, "Gifted education in America is finally moving past its legacy of inequality," 21 Nov. 2019 Under municipal code, exercise facilities are allowed in general business districts only with commission approval. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Goldfish Swim School scheduled to open in Strongsville in April," 30 Oct. 2019 The entire space is painted like Miami’s Wynwood graffiti district, known for its restaurants, breweries and art galleries. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "Spanish and Portuguese seafood restaurant and wine bar hits West Town, plus more Chicago restaurant news," 25 Oct. 2019 Among the possibilities being considered, the most likely options will be drilling a larger, second tunnel or enlarging the existing one, said Bruce Sexauer, chief of the Corps' Alaska district civil works branch. Author: Rachel D'oro, Anchorage Daily News, "Seward seeks upgrades for antiquated flood-control system," 11 Nov. 2019

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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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Cite this Entry

“District.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/district. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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How to pronounce district (audio)

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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