town·​ship | \ˈtau̇n-ˌship \

Definition of township 

1a : town sense 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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Last November, Christian residents of a rural township in southeast Jiangxi province were persuaded to replace posters of the cross and Jesus Christ inside their homes with portraits of Xi, a local official said. Yanan Wang, The Seattle Times, "‘We must pay so dearly’: China’s churches raided, silenced," 7 Aug. 2018 Brinkman, who is one of the township's K-9 officers, has been with the Colerain Township Police Department since 2013. Jennie Key,, "Colerain officer charged with soliciting a minor for sex," 12 July 2018 Bret Strong, an attorney for The Woodlands Township, reads off a list of outstanding issues facing St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church during a May 16 meeting of the township's Development Standards Committee. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "The Woodlands Township DSC News & Notes: May 16," 26 May 2018 Joseph Shudick Shudick said his accomplishments as trustee include improvements to the township's flagship location, Hidden Lake Park. Karen Caffarini, Post-Tribune, "Democratic trustee faces challenge in Ross Township," 27 Apr. 2018 Between 1990 and 2005, the township’s population spiked 12 percent, nearing 12,000 residents. Caitlin Mccabe,, "Once a controversial insane asylum, Chester County's Embreeville now the center of an open-space feud," 30 Mar. 2018 The residents are hoping the village will deny the township's requests. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Residents not happy with plan for Oswego cemetery expansion," 12 Mar. 2018 What to Recycling law and practice vary considerably among township, county and state jurisdictions. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Dispose of Hazardous Waste Without Damaging the Environment," 9 Oct. 2018 Cities, villages, townships and counties were, however. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Michigan schools can prohibit guests with guns, state’s Supreme Court rules," 27 July 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 \

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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