township

noun town·ship \ ˈtau̇n-ˌship \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of township

1 a : town 5
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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First Known Use of township

12th century


TOWNSHIP Defined for English Language Learners

township

noun

Definition of township for English Language Learners

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


TOWNSHIP Defined for Kids

township

noun town·ship \ ˈtau̇n-ˌship \

Definition of township for Students

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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