a particular section of a country, especially a rural section.
its inhabitants.

Origin of countryside

First recorded in 1615–25; country + side1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for countryside

Contemporary Examples of countryside

Historical Examples of countryside

  • By your own account you have not made the countryside endurable to men.

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

  • The day was sultry, and June in all its power ruled the countryside.

    The Coryston Family

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • Reports came in that the countryside was up in arms, moving to attack the Mercutians.

    Slaves of Mercury

    Nat Schachner

  • He began to speculate on the future of the countryside when the Gaelic revival was complete.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • "Oh, London may be very gay, but it's nothing to the countryside," sang Meg.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

British Dictionary definitions for countryside



a rural area or its population
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Word Origin and History for countryside

mid-15c., literally "one side of a country" (a valley, a mountain range, etc.), from country + side (n.); hence, "any tract of land having a natural unity" (1727).

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