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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

Example Sentences

Noun Six police officers are in charge of the district. She represents the eighth congressional district.
Recent Examples on the Web
Over the last four years with this senior class, Wyoming was 76-23 overall with two league titles and three district championship appearances. Shelby Dermer, The Enquirer, 6 Mar. 2023 The utility sent an employee from its Roseburg district to inspect the line. oregonlive, 5 Mar. 2023 Wörthersee will return to its former charm as a picturesque resort in Bavaria's lake district. Brendan Mcaleer, Car and Driver, 5 Mar. 2023 Located at the heart of London's financial district, the building is one of his most famous works, having caused controversy for its futuristic design and for reflecting light hot enough to damage cars and cook eggs. Hafsa Khalil, CNN, 4 Mar. 2023 Active shooter hoax prompted March 1 lockdown The Mt. Healthy City School District in Ohio was notified of an active shooter threat that was called into the local police department on March 1, according to a district statement. Brieanna J. Frank, USA TODAY, 3 Mar. 2023 The program’s direct cost — excluding loss of classroom time and time for professional development — can range from $1,700 for a small package of instructor training and materials to as much as $52,000 for a district-level package. Anya Kamenetz, Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2023 Now, the district purchases and mixes in water from Denver to keep PFAS at undetectable levels and plans to build a treatment plant for a permanent fix. Michael Phillis And Brittany Peterson, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Mar. 2023 The Harlan Hawks recognized their seniors before their district 29-6A game against the Holmes Huskies at Dub Farris Stadium on Friday night. Stephen Whitaker, San Antonio Express-News, 3 Mar. 2023
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 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 See More

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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 21 Mar. 2023.

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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