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

Examples of township in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More than 1,400 of Michigan’s nearly 1,800 cities, townships, and villages aren’t allowing pot shops., "The Detroit News reports the state will collect $36,000 in taxes from opening day sales. The newspaper cited statistics from the Marijuana Regulatory Agency.," 3 Dec. 2019 More than 1,400 of Michigan’s nearly 1,800 cities, townships and villages are not allowing recreational businesses. Author: David Eggert, Kathleen Foody, Anchorage Daily News, "Michigan, Illinois set to usher in recreational pot sales," 1 Dec. 2019 China’s migrant workers, who for 30 years have left inland villages and townships for coastal boomtowns, are growing old. The Economist, "The migrants who made China an industrial giant face a grim retirement," 30 Nov. 2019 Walter Lisiewski Lisiewski, who is currently the chairman of the township’s Development Standards Committee, listed campaign expenses for the period of July 23 through Oct 5. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Election 2019: Woodlands board Position 7 candidates report lower donations, expenses," 23 Oct. 2019 While at the beach, Harry and Meghan also saw the work of the Lunchbox Fund, a charity that provides nearly 30,000 nutritious meals every day to Waves for Change program and schools in South Africa’s townships and rural areas. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Prince Harry Says Meghan Markle Is the "Best Mum"," 24 Sep. 2019 In 1914, the Sooner State elected 175 Socialist candidates to county and township positions, including six to the state legislature, alarming the political establishment. Trevor Paulhus, Smithsonian, "When the Socialist Revolution Came to Oklahoma—and Was Crushed," 19 Sep. 2019 The district includes the unincorporated areas of the township – everything except Monroe, which has its own police department., "Liberty Township trustees move closer to police levy on November ballot," 5 July 2019 South Africans were united for a day while watching the Springboks, the crowds diverse in the black township of Soweto but also in the formerly white sports clubs of suburban Johannesburg. Gerald Imray,, "Siya’s Springboks are exactly what Mandela envisioned," 3 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of township

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

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“Township.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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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