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 proposal also pits conservative Republican U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood of Peoria and freshman GOP U.S. Rep. Mary Miller of Oakland into one district. Dan Petrella, chicagotribune.com, 19 Oct. 2021 Its Sunset Glenoaks Studios is expected to be completed in late 2023 in an industrial district on Peoria Street near Glenoaks Boulevard. Roger Vincent Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 18 Oct. 2021 Espe urged the remaining members to make sure San Diego has a council district where Asians and Pacific Islanders have a strong voice. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Oct. 2021 The school board aims to select and vote on the district's new leader in December, board member Eve Bolton told The Enquirer. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, 18 Oct. 2021 Stagg had been a patrol officer in the southwestern district for 12 years when 18-year-old Shelby Smith was struck and killed by a drunken driver at the intersection in the summer of 1999. Lawrence Andrea, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Oct. 2021 Thirteen students at Longfellow Middle School are currently in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19, according to the district COVID-19 dashboard, while 67 students are in quarantine. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 Oct. 2021 Thirteen people were killed in a landslide in the Kottayam district, according to state officials. Rhea Mogul And Swati Gupta, CNN, 18 Oct. 2021 The Fremont district currently represented by Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna is one target. Dustin Gardiner, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Brunswick One of the teams that St. Edward beat in the Division I district and then finished behind in the regional is Brunswick. Joe Magill, cleveland, 16 Aug. 2021 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

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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 28 Oct. 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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