noun, often attributive
dis·​trict | \ ˈdi-(ˌ)strikt How to pronounce district (audio) \

Definition of district

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a territorial division (as for administrative or electoral purposes)
b : the basic administrative unit for local government in Northern Ireland
2 : an area, region, or section with a distinguishing character a shopping district


districted; districting; districts

Definition of district (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to divide or organize into districts

Synonyms for district

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of district in a Sentence

Noun Six police officers are in charge of the district. She represents the eighth congressional district.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The shooting victims at the Hair World Salon in a historically Asian district were all Korean women -- the salon owner, an employee and a customer, according to ABC affiliate station WFAA in Dallas. Deena Zaru, ABC News, 14 May 2022 In its daily intelligence update, the British Ministry of Defense said that Moscow’s attempt to hold a pro-Russia referendum in Kherson, a southeastern district that was the first to fall in the war, marked a failure. Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2022 The projects included new islands with residential and office towers and a cultural district that includes a Louvre museum opened in 2017. Asa Fitch, WSJ, 13 May 2022 That same teacher in a district that relies on the state minimum salary schedule is paid a $41,690 salary. al, 12 May 2022 In 2018, Chloe Maxmin defeated a Republican challenger in a campaign for the Maine House of Representatives in Augusta, a rural and deeply red district, becoming the first Democrat to do so. BostonGlobe.com, 12 May 2022 Representative Don Bacon, a Republican representing a district President Biden won, defeated a vocally left-leaning Democratic contender in 2018 and 2020. New York Times, 11 May 2022 Thomas, a first-term lawmaker elected in 2020 to what had been a Republican seat in a district covering portions of Norwalk, Westport and Wilton, capitalized on solid backing from Fairfield County, plus a desire for gender diversity. Mark Pazniokas, Hartford Courant, 11 May 2022 Representative Sharice Davids, the lone Democrat representing a district in Kansas, faces a difficult reelection fight in November. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 11 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The state courts announced all courthouses in Barnstable County will remain closed Thursday due to lack of power as will district courts in Stoughton and Wareham. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Oct. 2021 In August, the board voted 5-0 to give Magyar authority to make quick policy changes, based on ever-changing COVID-19 infection numbers, to district COVID-19 policy without prior board approval. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 12 Oct. 2021 Brunswick One of the teams that St. Edward beat in the Division I district and then finished behind in the regional is Brunswick. Joe Magill, cleveland, 16 Aug. 2021 The parks district annual budget is $34 million, so $5 million a year would account for 14%. Scott Wartman, The Enquirer, 17 June 2021 The result — a patchwork of different policies depending on what state Americans live in, or even down to which district their kids are enrolled in — comes on the heels of a chaotic school year that’s finally coming to a close. Cheyenne Haslett, ABC News, 8 June 2021 His Wildcats are guaranteed to be at home for the next two weeks, as the top seed in their Division I district bracket that connects to a western region of the state. Matt Goul, cleveland, 20 Feb. 2021 Meanwhile, two Canyons district high schools have remained open for classes despite exceeding 15 cases. Erin Alberty, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 Sep. 2020 Facebook commenters wondered: Would district staff stay safe once schools are fully in session? Ryan Mckinnon And Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, 10 July 2020 See More

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First Known Use of district


1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1792, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for district


French, from Medieval Latin districtus jurisdiction, district, from distringere to distrain — more at distrain

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“District.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/district. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for district


dis·​trict | \ ˈdi-ˌstrikt How to pronounce district (audio) \

Kids Definition of district

1 : an area or section (as of a city or nation) set apart for some purpose our school district
2 : an area or region with some special feature the city's shopping district



Legal Definition of district

: a territorial division (as of a nation, state, county, or city) for administrative, judicial, electoral, or other purposes: as
a : an administrative unit especially of a town or city established for the performance of a special governmental function the water district park district
c : one of the divisions of the United States or of the individual states served by a particular federal or state court

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