back country


a sparsely populated rural region remote from a settled area.
Australian. a remote, undeveloped part of a large farm or cattle station.

Origin of back country

First recorded in 1740–50
Related formsback-coun·try, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for back country

Historical Examples of back country

  • Odd religious sects and strange "isms" were to be found in the back-country.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson

  • As to the back-country settlements, the House of Burgesses should have provided for them.

    A Virginia Scout

    Hugh Pendexter

  • "Oh, they are only back-country folk," said Lambert, rather impatiently.

    Hans Brinker

    Mary Mapes Dodge

  • She had said she was going away, and she did not like going away from the back-country.

    The Black Opal

    Katharine Susannah Prichard

  • There is a story of a clergyman coming to a back-country station in Australia during the agony of a great drought.

British Dictionary definitions for back country

back country


Australian and NZ land remote from a town or settled area
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