township

noun

town·​ship ˈtau̇n-ˌship How to pronounce township (audio)
1
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 The site is protected by the Concord Township Historic Preservation Ordinance and is the only Black church in its township, according to the historical society. Kaitlyn Schwanemann, CNN, 7 Feb. 2024 This year, Democratic votes may take longer to report in some townships because Mr. Biden isn't on the ballot and hand-counting write-in votes could slow down the process. Caitlin Yilek, CBS News, 22 Jan. 2024 Susan and her siblings grew up in a township called Edison, located in Middlesex County. Emily Weaver, Peoplemag, 4 Nov. 2023 What if cities and townships had not had the power of taxation for streets and roads or if states had not used tax money to build highways? Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, 28 Jan. 2024 Constable township elections with opponents include Vaugne Township candidates Deshawn Bennett and Leon Warren; Jefferson Township candidates William Beadle and Scott Dunn; and Spring Township candidates Clyde McDaniel and Richard Victorino. Eplunus Colvin, arkansasonline.com, 15 Nov. 2023 Readers seeking an unalloyed South African voice prepared to deliver them into a township have often found themselves as disappointed as Beatriz was by Witold’s performance. Jennifer Wilson, The New Yorker, 25 Sep. 2023 The country’s violence took its toll on him in 1992 when his son Charles, also a photographer and then in his early 30s, was murdered in the sprawling Black township of Soweto. Alan Cowell, New York Times, 1 Jan. 2024 In response to one of the attacks, the Municipal Water Authority of Aliquippa in western Pennsylvania temporarily shut down a pump providing drinking water from the facility’s treatment plant to the townships of Raccoon and Potter, according to reporting by the Beaver Countian. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 29 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Time Traveler
The first known use of township was in the 12th century

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“Township.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/township. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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township

noun
town·​ship ˈtau̇n-ˌship How to pronounce township (audio)
1
: a unit of local government in some northeastern and north central states
2
: a division of territory in surveys of U.S. public land containing 36 square miles (about 93 square kilometers)

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