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.
- territorial waters,
- territory wool,
- terror, reign of,
Origin of territory
Examples from the Web for 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|Peter Schwartzstein|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At first fighters were taken to Somalia; now Al-Shabab has brought the war to Kenyan territory.
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|James Jones|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Al Qaeda and its Iraqi offspring ISIS compete for recruits and territory.Why’s Al Qaeda So Strong? Washington Has (Literally) No idea|Bruce Riedel|November 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Josh Rogin|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For these and other reasons, your petitioners pray that Congress will establish its sovereignty over said Territory.A History of Oregon, 1792-1849|William Henry Gray
Now Brindisi, in the territory of Otranto, in the kingdom of Naples.A Dialogue Concerning Oratory, Or The Causes Of Corrupt Eloquence|Cornelius Tacitus
They are sick who gloat over news of victories and see conquered miles of territory rise resplendent above mounds of corpses.Men in War|Andreas Latzko
This territory, being under Mahometan rule, was connected in spirit with the East.History of the Jews, Vol. V (of 6)|Heinrich Graetz
Every available bit of African or Asiatic territory was claimed by one of the rival powers.The Story of Mankind|Hendrik Van Loon
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).