noun, plural coun·tries.
Origin of country
Examples from the Web for countries
There are reasons that European countries tend to avoid fluoride.
According to Pew, 14 of the 20 countries in the Middle East and North Africa have blasphemy laws.
We do see that a few European countries have them on the books: Germany, Poland, Italy, Ireland, a couple more.
The same picture emerges from middle class men in the U.S., Canada, and the Nordic countries.
In Scandinavian countries this discrimination has been dramatically reduced.
No one can doubt it who knows the situation of the two countries, still less anyone who has read the correspondence.A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents|James D. Richardson
As compared with the advanced stands of the Scandinavian countries, the few laws of progressive states look painfully inadequate.Taboo and Genetics|Melvin Moses Knight, Iva Lowther Peters, and Phyllis Mary Blanchard
The modern law in countries which take their law from Rome has developed this decisive limitation.An Introduction to the Philosophy of Law|Roscoe Pound
In English-speaking countries of course we are interested in what was done by Englishmen at this time.Old-Time Makers of Medicine|James J. Walsh
The people of these two countries are all experienced in self-government as a result of participation in political affairs.The Fight For The Republic in China|Bertram Lenox Putnam Weale
British Dictionary definitions for countries
noun plural -tries
- the part of the land that is away from cities or industrial areas; rural districts
- (as modifier)country cottage
- (in combination)a countryman
Word Origin for country
Word Origin and History for countries
mid-13c., "district, native land," from Old French contree, from Vulgar Latin *(terra) contrata "(land) lying opposite," or "(land) spread before one," from Latin contra "opposite, against" (see contra-). Sense narrowed 1520s to rural areas, as opposed to cities. Replaced Old English land. As an adjective from late 14c. First record of country-and-western music style is from 1942. Country club first recorded 1886. Country mile "a long way" is from 1915, American English.