- a unit of local government, usually a subdivision of a county, found in most midwestern and northeastern states of the U.S. and in most Canadian provinces.
- (in U.S. surveys of public land) a region or district approximately 6 miles square (93.2 sq. km), containing 36 sections.
- English History.
- one of the local divisions or districts of a large parish, each containing a village or small town, usually with a church of its own.
- the manor, parish, etc., itself.
- its inhabitants.
- (in Australia)
- a small town or settlement serving as the business center of a rural area.
- the business center of a town or suburb.
- (in South Africa) a segregated residential settlement for blacks, located outside a city or town.
Origin of township
Related Words for townshipsector, city, square, neighborhood, zone, locality, section, county, field, state, territory, township, town, metropolis, district, community, village, province, land, area
Examples from the Web for township
Contemporary Examples of township
You stand on an unsteady pontoon bridge spanning the Tigris River in a township called Adh Dhouloueya.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
At a township rally near Johannesburg, she boasted: “With our boxes of matches and our necklaces we shall liberate this country.”Mandela: The Miracle Maker
December 5, 2013
Lake Success, a township on Long Island, was home to the United Nations long before it moved to its iconic eastside headquarters.Mr. President, Don’t Forget The Nakba
March 19, 2013
Biography Mo Yan was born to a family of farmers in the Gaomi township in Shandong province in northeastern China.60 Second Guide to Mo Yan: 2012 Winner of Nobel Prize for Literature
The Daily Beast
October 11, 2012
Historical Examples of township
The neighborhood, the township, and the world had been snowed in.Tiverton Tales
The township of Cleveland, of the county of Trumbull, was organized in 1800.Cleveland Past and Present
There are a door and two windows, the latter having been bought at the township.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
He's the chairman here, and he has township chairmen appointed for every township.Stories of a Western Town
This admiration and regard has extended to the fair daughters of the township.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
- a small town
- (in the Scottish Highlands and islands) a small crofting community
- (in the US and Canada) a territorial area, esp a subdivision of a county: often organized as a unit of local government
- (formerly, in South Africa) a planned urban settlement of Black Africans or Coloured peopleCompare location (def. 4)
- English history
- any of the local districts of a large parish, each division containing a village or small town
- the particular manor or parish itself as a territorial division
- the inhabitants of a township collectively
Word Origin and History for township
Old English tunscipe "inhabitants or population of a town." Applied in Middle English to "manor, parish, or other division of a hundred." Specific sense of "local division or district in a parish, each with a village or small town and its own church" is from 1530s; as a local municipal division of a county in U.S. and Canada, first recorded 1685.