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country

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

adjective

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rustic, bucolic, homey, agrarian, provincial, land, people, region, community, society, state, public, province, arcadian, commonwealth, kingdom, realm, populace, soil, terrain

Nearby words

counting room, countless, countlessly, countrified, countrify, country, country and western, country and western music, country blues, country club, country code

Idioms

    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 gegen against
Related formsin·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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Word Origin and History for country

country


n.

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.

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