district

[ dis-trikt ]
/ ˈdɪs trɪkt /

noun

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.

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Origin of district

First recorded in 1605–15; from French, from Medieval Latin distrīctus “exercise of justice, restraining of offenders,” derivative of Latin distringere “to stretch out; detain, occupy,” equivalent to di- suffix of separation + strig- (base of stringere “to bind, tie”) + -tus suffix of verbal action; see distrain, di-2

OTHER WORDS FROM district

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

district
/ (ˈdɪstrɪkt) /

noun

verb

(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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