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 The program is for students in grades 2 to 8 who live in the township, which includes a good portion of Elgin’s east side. Mike Danahey, Chicago Tribune, 13 May 2022 The township’s various departments had many fun giveaways and great information on their services. cleveland, 28 Apr. 2022 ReStore will have a truck available only at the township’s administration building, 6032 Morris Road. Sue Kiesewetter, The Enquirer, 22 Apr. 2022 One is a connectivity ordinance to preserve the township’s existing gridded street network. Alixel Cabrera, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 Apr. 2022 That was above the normal occupancy limit based on the township’s fire code. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, 30 Mar. 2022 The 2019 five-year data from the American Community Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau estimates about 14,000 Asian residents in the township, which includes Southport and parts of Beech Grove. Rachel Fradette, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Mar. 2022 The township’s Black farming community has never fully supported them. Rashod Taylor, ProPublica, 14 Oct. 2021 In Duncan Village, the sprawling township in Eastern Cape Province, the economic lifelines for tens of thousands of families have been destroyed. New York Times, 6 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of township

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

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“Township.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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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