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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In order to access the Marketplace, individuals must show valid proof of residency within the township. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 15 June 2018 The group's statement said that Chaman Paau was killed Sunday night in the township of Coban, north of the capital. Sonia Perez D., Fox News, "3 Guatemalan indigenous leaders killed in separate incidents," 14 May 2018 Later, she was confined for nearly a decade to a bleak township deep in South Africa’s rural hinterlands, where police twice set fire to her house. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: For many South Africans, 'She was the movement'," 3 Apr. 2018 The Woodlands Township leaders and consulting groups studying how the township could be come a city will look into the impacts on law enforcement, roads and municipal utility districts this summer. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "The Woodlands incorporation study eyes police, roads, MUDs this summer, fall," 23 June 2018 According to township officials, about 20 percent of Elgin's population, or about 23,000 people, lives in Hanover Township. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin makes way for apartment complex designed for those with disabilities, mental health issues," 8 Mar. 2018 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

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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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