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

nabe, 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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Last year, 55 young adults in their district earned Eagle Scout, the highest achievement in Boy Scouts, according to Lupus. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Local Boy Scouts, Hampstead food pantry recognized by Governor’s Office on Service & Volunteerism, will be honored at Ravens game," 17 Sep. 2019 As of late Monday, the fire district was asking people to driver cautiously near the bridge. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Small bridge collapse in Snohomish County sends truck into river," 17 Sep. 2019 Their electoral districts tended to include not only the largely black urban core but also the white suburbs, and jurors no longer had much of a role to play, given overcrowded courts and prosecutors’ overwhelming reliance on plea bargains. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "Power of Attorney," 16 Sep. 2019 At the time Hispanic Heritage Week was born, Roybal was just six years into what would be 30 years of exemplary work representing his district in the U.S. Congress. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Feliz #HispanicHeritageMonth: raceAhead," 16 Sep. 2019 Her district, which includes Miami, is seventy-two per cent Latino, and more than a third of its residents are Cuban. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, "The Fight for the Latino Vote in Florida," 16 Sep. 2019 DeVos stressed that the program could also be used by public school students to access apprenticeships, dual credit programs or transportation to attend schools outside of their home districts. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Education Secretary Betsy DeVos touts school choice during visit to Milwaukee voucher school," 16 Sep. 2019 Last year, Kimble launched an initiative called MARVEL (Music and Arts Resurgence in Vista Extends Learning) in her own district. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Jump-starting arts education with ‘Create 78'," 15 Sep. 2019 Perez won in the 12th, the 14th — his home district — the 19th and the 20th, which is near Trinity College where Perez was instrumental in the development of the Learning Corridor. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "Incumbent Mayor Luke Bronin coasts to victory in Hartford primary," 11 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images Suburban women in some swing House districts overwhelmingly want tighter gun laws, a new poll conducted by a Republican firm has found. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Suburban women want Congress to act on gun control, Republican poll finds," 20 Aug. 2019 The lawsuit contended that most of the 170 House and Senate districts drawn in 2017 violated the plaintiffs' free speech and association protections under the state constitution. CBS News, "North Carolina judge rejects state legislative district maps drawn for GOP advantage," 4 Sep. 2019 The financial allegations made relating to Schroer have been independently investigated and reported by Springboro Schools' Board of Education to district auditors and the Ohio Department of Education, the release said. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "Springboro superintendent resigns amidst allegations 'of a financial nature'," 30 Aug. 2019 To come to the aid of a child who has witnessed trauma, San Antonio ISD and two other Bexar County districts joined with the San Antonio Police Department for a pilot program that is being heralded as a success. Krista Torralva, ExpressNews.com, "‘Trauma doesn’t stop at 4 o’clock’," 28 Aug. 2019 Perhaps nowhere is the question more pertinent than Chicago, where TIF districts blanket the city to an extent not matched by any other big city in America, according to a 2018 study by the nonprofit Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Hal Dardick, chicagotribune.com, "The race to beat the clock on Lincoln Yards: How a delay could have stopped the megadevelopment from getting $1.3 billion in taxpayer money," 26 Aug. 2019 The plaintiffs contend in their lawsuit that 95 out of the 170 House and Senate districts drawn in 2017 violate their free speech and association protections under the state constitution. Washington Post, "N Carolina trial into partisan gerrymandering wrapping up," 26 July 2019 An Alabama federal district court case, Dillard v. Crenshaw County, filed in 1986, found hundreds of Alabama districts intentionally used at-large electoral methods to discriminate against black voters. Anna Beahm | Abeahm@al.com, al, "Pleasant Grove: A story of change at the hand of Mother Nature and the judge’s gavel," 28 July 2019 The number of students that would be districted to the East Middle replacement mean the project will have square footage requirements for the building. Catalina Righter, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll school board narrows East Middle options to building replacement project," 11 July 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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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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