- 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.
- country music:
- 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
Examples from the Web for intercountry
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- 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 and History for intercountry
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.