noun, plural ter·ri·to·ries.
- a region or district of the U.S. not admitted to the Union as a state but having its own legislature, with a governor and other officers appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate.
- some similar district elsewhere, as in Canada and Australia.
Origin of territory
Synonyms for territory
Related Words for territoryprovince, sector, land, neighborhood, district, zone, area, country, terrain, colony, nation, field, state, street, enclave, commonwealth, empire, section, mandate, expanse
Examples from the Web for territory
Contemporary Examples of territory
Assad-affiliated Christian militias skirt around the territory of rival groups aligned with the YPG.In One Corner of Syria, Christmas Spirit Somehow Manages to Survive
December 25, 2014
At first fighters were taken to Somalia; now Al-Shabab has brought the war to Kenyan territory.Al-Shabab’s Anti-Christian Slaughter
December 3, 2014
This would seem reasonable, since in that direction lay the only territory open enough for swift attack by armor.Blood in the Sand: When James Jones Wrote a Grunt’s View of D-Day
November 15, 2014
Al Qaeda and its Iraqi offspring ISIS compete for recruits and territory.Why’s Al Qaeda So Strong? Washington Has (Literally) No idea
November 9, 2014
But ISIS continues to hold major swaths of territory in and around Kobani, despite widespread media reports to the contrary.ISIS Video: America’s Air Dropped Weapons Now in Our Hands
October 21, 2014
Historical Examples of territory
Within their own territory each one could act independently.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
A territory bounded by the Mississippi has been extended from sea to sea.
We have sought no territory and we have imposed our will on none.
The Empress-Regent has quitted French territory, and since then has given no sign.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
Every advance step they made was upon the enemy's territory.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
noun plural -ries
Word Origin for territory
early 15c., "land under the jurisdiction of a town, state, etc.," probably from Latin territorium "land around a town, domain, district," from terra "earth, land" (see terrain) + -orium, suffix denoting place (see -ory).
An alternative theory, somewhat supported by the vowels of the original Latin word, suggests derivation from terrere "to frighten" (see terrible); thus territorium would mean "a place from which people are warned off." Sense of "any tract of land, district, region" is first attested c.1600. Specific U.S. sense of "organized self-governing region not yet a state" is from 1799.
see come with the territory; cover the field (territory).