noun, plural coun·tries.
Origin of country
Related Words for countryrustic, bucolic, homey, agrarian, provincial, land, people, region, community, society, state, public, province, arcadian, commonwealth, kingdom, realm, populace, soil, terrain
Examples from the Web for country
Contemporary Examples of country
In that country at that moment, the Catholics have practically disappeared.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President
January 9, 2015
Elsewhere, courts throughout the country have placed limits on speech this year.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead
January 8, 2015
“This is a federal mandate that is causing some real problems for schools across the country,” Kline told a CBS affiliate in July.The Republican War on Kale
January 7, 2015
Charles “Father” Coughlin, a raving anti-Semite, was one of the most popular radio hosts in the country.
It marked a groundbreaking moment in how the country viewed Jews, especially Jewish women.
Historical Examples of country
The country was rapidly becoming, they agreed, no place for a gentleman to live.
The laws of the country made it impossible to accompany her beloved husband.
"But you went to Athens, and took no care for your country," rejoined the prince.
The reason I write promptly is that you may not go out of the country just now.
He might in this country; he'd never do it at home, you know.
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
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.