country

noun
coun·​try | \ ˈkən-trē How to pronounce country (audio) \
plural countries

Essential Meaning of country

1 : an area of land that is controlled by its own government : nation The two countries have a lot in common. European/foreign countries See More ExamplesThey drove across the country from California to New York. They are living in different parts of the country.Hide
2 : the people who live in a country The whole country was stunned by the news. The President has the support of most of the country.
3 : an area or region that has a particular quality or feature or is known for a particular activity. He moved to the north country to fish and hunt. We went camping in the hill country. See More ExamplesThey drove through miles of open country. We took a trip to wine country. [=an area where grapes are grown and wine is made]Hide

Full Definition of country

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an indefinite usually extended expanse of land : region miles of open country
2a : the land of a person's birth, residence, or citizenship left their country for America
b : a political state or nation or its territory the country of Italy
3a : the people of a state or district : populace Most of the country voted to end the death penalty.
b : jury
c : electorate sense 2 The government will go to the country with this issue.
4 : rural as distinguished from urban areas prefers the country to the city
6 geology : country rock sense 2

country

adjective

Definition of country (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of the country country living
2a : of or relating to a decorative style associated with life in the country an English country look also : possessing a style of rustic simplicity country furniture
b : prepared or processed with farm supplies and procedures country ham
3 : of, relating to, suitable for, or featuring country music country singers

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Other Words from country

Noun

countryish \ ˈkən-​trē-​ish How to pronounce country (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for country

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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The English word country is derived from Latin contra, which means “against” or “on the opposite side.” In Medieval Latin the noun contrata was formed from contra. Contrata was literally “that which is situated opposite the beholder.” But that which is opposite the beholder is just what he or she sees. So contrata meant “landscape.” It also came to mean “expanse of land, region.” This was the original meaning of English country, which over the years has itself developed a number of new meanings.

Examples of country in a Sentence

Noun The two countries have a lot in common. They drove across the country from California to New York. They are living in different parts of the country. The whole country was stunned by the news. The President has the support of most of the country. He moved to the north country to fish and hunt. We went camping in the hill country. They drove through miles of open country. She lives out in the country. They prefer the country to the city. Adjective plain country living among unpretentious people
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Senate last night ended the country's partisan stalemate on the debt ceiling that had threatened to expire this month and slam world financial markets. Tayor Wilson, USA TODAY, 9 Oct. 2021 India will begin granting tourist visas for foreign visitors for the first time in 18 months, the country's government announced Thursday. Maureen O'hare, CNN, 9 Oct. 2021 In Russia, the country's vaccination rate has been low. Fox News, 9 Oct. 2021 The country's average daily death toll has hovered around 500 for a month, down sharply from more than 3,000 in April. Mauricio Savarese, ajc, 9 Oct. 2021 Around 80% of people in Poland support the country's EU membership. Arkansas Online, 8 Oct. 2021 Gay Rights reportedly drew over 200,000, participants to the country's capital, and generated momentum that lasted 4 months following the act. Skyler Caruso, PEOPLE.com, 8 Oct. 2021 California has the country's highest top marginal individual income tax rate at $2,882, while Texas is one of just eight states with zero individual income tax. Priscilla Aguirre, Chron, 7 Oct. 2021 As part of an agency reorganization, the CIA will fold mission centers on Iran and North Korea into existing groups covering each country's respective region. BostonGlobe.com, 7 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective At 85, Berman remains as active as ever, busy with both orienteering and cross-country skiing. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Oct. 2021 Winter recreational opportunities within the preserve include ice skating, sledding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 And, once the snow falls, guests can try their hand at snowshoeing, ice skating, ice fishing, and cross-country skiing as well. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 30 Sep. 2021 But just as downhill and cross-country skiing have always been a central part of Norwegian culture, so have its literary paragons. Ruth Margalit, The New York Review of Books, 23 Sep. 2021 Rental cars and hotel rooms were hard to find this week, and cross-country travelers and vans, RVs and other vehicles are seemingly everywhere. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 28 Sep. 2021 Don Varnadoe spent months watching videos about train trips on his office computer in preparation for a special cross-country vacation to celebrate his and Margie Varnadoe's 50th wedding anniversary. Russ Bynum, USA TODAY, 28 Sep. 2021 At Sheets, which is based in North Carolina, Videau is planning on opening a second fulfillment location on the West Coast later this year, to cut shipping times for buyers and carbon emissions from cross-country shipping. Lisa Held, Fortune, 27 Sep. 2021 Don Varnadoe spent months watching videos about train trips on his office computer in preparation for a special cross-country vacation to celebrate his and Margie Varnadoe's 50th wedding anniversary. NBC News, 27 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of country

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for country

Noun and Adjective

Middle English contree, from Anglo-French cuntree, contré, from Medieval Latin contrata, from Latin contra against, on the opposite side

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The first known use of country was in the 13th century

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“Country.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/country. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for country

country

noun
coun·​try | \ ˈkən-trē How to pronounce country (audio) \
plural countries

Kids Definition of country

1 : a land lived in by a people with a common government the countries of Europe
2 : region sense 1, district good farming country
3 : open rural land away from big towns and cities Take a ride in the country.
4 : the people of a nation a whole country in revolt

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