country

[ kuhn-tree ]
/ ˈkʌn tri /
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noun, plural coun·tries.

adjective

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Idioms for country

    go to the country, British. to dissolve a Parliament that has cast a majority vote disagreeing with the prime minister and cabinet and to call for the election of a new House of Commons.Also appeal to the country.
    put oneself upon the / one's country, Law. to present one's cause formally before a jury.

Origin of country

1200–50; Middle English cuntree<Anglo-French, Old French <Vulgar Latin *(regiō) contrāta terrain opposite the viewer, equivalent to Latin contr(ā) counter3 + -āta, feminine of -ātus-ate1; compare German Gegend region, derivative of gegenagainst

OTHER WORDS FROM country

in·ter·coun·try, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for country

country
/ (ˈkʌntrɪ) /

noun plural -tries

Word Origin for country

C13: from Old French contrée, from Medieval Latin contrāta, literally: that which lies opposite, from Latin contrā opposite
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