country

[kuhn-tree]

noun, plural coun·tries.

adjective


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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Contemporary Examples of country

Historical Examples of country

  • The country was rapidly becoming, they agreed, no place for a gentleman to live.

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    Harry Leon Wilson

  • The laws of the country made it impossible to accompany her beloved husband.

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    Lydia Maria Child

  • "But you went to Athens, and took no care for your country," rejoined the prince.

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    Lydia Maria Child

  • The reason I write promptly is that you may not go out of the country just now.

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    Harry Leon Wilson

  • He might in this country; he'd never do it at home, you know.

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British Dictionary definitions for country

country

noun plural -tries

a territory distinguished by its people, culture, language, geography, etc
an area of land distinguished by its political autonomy; state
the people of a territory or statethe whole country rebelled
an area associated with a particular personBurns country
  1. the part of the land that is away from cities or industrial areas; rural districts
  2. (as modifier)country cottage
  3. (in combination)a countryman
Related adjective: pastoral, rural
short for country music
archaic a particular locality or district
up country away from the coast or the capital
one's native land or nation of citizenship
the country British informal the outlying area or area furthest from the finish of a sports ground or racecourse
(modifier) rough; uncouth; rusticcountry manners
across country not keeping to roads, etc
go to the country or appeal to the country mainly British to dissolve Parliament and hold an election
unknown country an unfamiliar topic, place, matter, etc

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
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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