- a state or nation: What European countries have you visited?
- the territory of a nation.
- the people of a district, state, or nation: The whole country backed the president in his decision.
- the land of one's birth or citizenship.
- rural districts, including farmland, parkland, and other sparsely populated areas, as opposed to cities or towns: Many city dwellers like to spend their vacations in the country.
- any considerable territory demarcated by topographical conditions, by a distinctive population, etc.: mountainous country; the Amish country of Pennsylvania.
- a tract of land considered apart from any geographical or political limits; region; district.
- the public.
- Law. the public at large, as represented by a jury.
- country music.
- of, from, or characteristic of the country; rural: a winding country road.
- of, relating to, or associated with country music: That Nashville station plays country records all day long.
- rude; unpolished; rustic: country manners.
- of, from, or pertaining to a particular country.
- Obsolete. of one's own 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
Related Words for countryrustic, bucolic, homey, agrarian, provincial, land, people, region, community, society, state, public, province, arcadian, commonwealth, kingdom, realm, populace, soil, terrain
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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 reason I write promptly is that you may not go out of the country just now.
"But you went to Athens, and took no care for your country," rejoined the prince.
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.
He might in this country; he'd never do it at home, you know.
- 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
- the part of the land that is away from cities or industrial areas; rural districts
- (as modifier)country cottage
- (in combination)a countryman
- 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
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.