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[kuhn-tree-sahyd] /ˈkʌn triˌsaɪd/
a particular section of a country, especially a rural section.
its inhabitants.
Origin of countryside
First recorded in 1615-25; country + side1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • By your own account you have not made the countryside endurable to men.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
  • The day was sultry, and June in all its power ruled the countryside.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Reports came in that the countryside was up in arms, moving to attack the Mercutians.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • He began to speculate on the future of the countryside when the Gaelic revival was complete.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • "Oh, London may be very gay, but it's nothing to the countryside," sang Meg.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
British Dictionary definitions for countryside


a rural area or its population
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for countryside

mid-15c., literally "one side of a country" (a valley, a mountain range, etc.), from country + side (n.); hence, "any tract of land having a natural unity" (1727).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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