[ dis-trikt ]
/ ˈdɪs trɪkt /


a division of territory, as of a country, state, or county, marked off for administrative, electoral, or other purposes.
a region or locality: the theater district; the Lake District.
British. a subdivision of a county or a town.
the District, the District of Columbia; Washington, D.C.

verb (used with object)

to divide into districts.

Origin of district

1605–15; (< F) < Medieval Latin distrīctus exercise of justice, (area of) jurisdiction, derivative of Latin distringere to stretch out (see distrain), equivalent to di- di-2 + strig- (base of stringere to bind, tie) + -tus suffix of verbal action

Related forms

in·ter·dis·trict, adjectiveout·dis·trict, nounpre·dis·trict, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for district


/ (ˈdɪstrɪkt) /



(tr) to divide into districts

Word Origin for district

C17: from Medieval Latin districtus area of jurisdiction, from Latin distringere to stretch out; see distrain
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