town·​ship | \ ˈtau̇n-ˌship How to pronounce township (audio) \

Definition of township

b : a unit of local government in some northeastern and north central states usually having a chief administrative officer or board
c : an unorganized subdivision of the county in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont
d : an electoral and administrative district of the county in the southern U.S.
2 : a division of territory in surveys of U.S. public land containing 36 sections or 36 square miles
3 : an area in the Republic of South Africa that was segregated under apartheid for occupation by persons of non-European descent
4 : an ancient unit of administration in England identical in area with or a division of a parish

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Two women were arrested Thursday after authorities raided two massage parlors in Symmes and Sycamore townships for suspected prostitution, officials said. Cameron Knight,, "Two women arrested in prostitution investigation in Symmes and Sycamore townships," 28 June 2018 In the 2021 election, voters are to elect one highway commissioner for both townships. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "One year later, no movement on consolidation of Naperville, Lisle township road districts," 13 Apr. 2018 The nearby township of Soweto is Johannesburg's most popular tourist attraction. Julian Harrison, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Africa," 5 Oct. 2016 The earliest Fourth of July event in the township was held at 8:45 a.m. when the Niles parade stepped off. Pioneer Press,, "Niles 4th of July parade featured marching bands, bevvy of patriotic revelry," 9 July 2018 The soccer club has a long-standing agreement with The Woodlands for use of soccer fields in the township. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "McMullan to recuse himself from soccer dispute after club hires his law firm," 24 June 2018 Residents of a Bucks County township received some welcome mail last week after the municipality divvied its surplus by sending $68 checks to property owners. Oona Goodin-smith,, "Philly police raid Occupy ICE camp, Atlantic City's culinary energy on the rise | Morning Newsletter," 6 July 2018 Children and party members are banned from churches in some areas, and at least one township has encouraged Christians to replace posters of Jesus with portraits of Xi. Yanan Wang, The Seattle Times, "‘We must pay so dearly’: China’s churches raided, silenced," 7 Aug. 2018 Other areas that saw large population increases include Lansing and, in southeast Michigan, Macomb, Canton and Lyon townships. Kristi Tanner, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit still losing people but — oh, man — not like Fife Lake Twp.," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of township

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

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English Language Learners Definition of township

: a unit of local government in the U.S.


town·​ship | \ ˈtau̇n-ˌship How to pronounce township (audio) \

Kids Definition of township

1 : a unit of local government in some northeastern and north central states
2 : a division of territory in surveys of United States public lands containing 36 square miles (about 93 square kilometers)

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