Definitions for countryˈkʌn tri

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

coun•tryˈkʌn tri(n.; adj.)(pl.)-tries

  1. (n.)a state or nation:

    European countries.

    Category: Government

  2. the territory of a nation.

    Category: Government

  3. the people of a district, state, or nation.

    Category: Government

  4. the land of one's birth or citizenship.

    Category: Government

  5. rural districts, as opposed to cities or towns.

    Category: Government

  6. any considerable territory demarcated by topographical conditions, by a distinctive population, etc.

    Category: Government

  7. the public at large, as represented by a jury.

    Category: Law

  8. Category: Common Vocabulary, Music and Dance

    Ref: country music.

  9. (adj.)of, from, or characteristic of the country; rural.

  10. rude; unpolished; rustic:

    country manners.

  11. of, from, or pertaining to a particular country.

  12. Obs. of one's own country.

Origin of country:

1200–50; ME cuntree < AF, OF < VL *(regiō) contrāta terrain opposite the viewer

Princeton's WordNet

  1. state, nation, country, land, commonwealth, res publica, body politic(noun)

    a politically organized body of people under a single government

    "the state has elected a new president"; "African nations"; "students who had come to the nation's capitol"; "the country's largest manufacturer"; "an industrialized land"

  2. country, state, land(noun)

    the territory occupied by a nation

    "he returned to the land of his birth"; "he visited several European countries"

  3. nation, land, country(noun)

    the people who live in a nation or country

    "a statement that sums up the nation's mood"; "the news was announced to the nation"; "the whole country worshipped him"

  4. country, rural area(noun)

    an area outside of cities and towns

    "his poetry celebrated the slower pace of life in the country"

  5. area, country(noun)

    a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography)

    "it was a mountainous area"; "Bible country"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. country(noun)ˈkʌn tri

    an area of land with its own government and culture

    his love for his country; Chile, Peru, and other South American countries

  2. countryˈkʌn tri

    a type of music from the rural U.S.

    listening to country music stations

  3. countryˈkʌn tri

    an area where people do or like a particular activity

    farming/basketball/ski country


  1. country(Noun)

    An area of land; a district, region.

  2. country(Noun)

    A set region of land having particular human occupation or agreed limits, especially inhabited by members of the same race, language speakers etc., or associated with a given person, occupation, species etc.

  3. country(Noun)

    The territory of a nation, especially an independent nation state or formerly independent nation; a political entity asserting ultimate authority over a geographical area.

  4. country(Noun)

    A rural area, as opposed to a town or city; the countryside.

  5. country(Noun)

    Country music.

  6. country(Adjective)

    From the countryside or connected with it.

  7. country(Adjective)

    Of or connected to country music.

  8. country(Noun)

    Plural form of countryman.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Country(adverb)

    a tract of land; a region; the territory of an independent nation; (as distinguished from any other region, and with a personal pronoun) the region of one's birth, permanent residence, or citizenship

  2. Country(adverb)

    rural regions, as opposed to a city or town

  3. Country(adverb)

    the inhabitants or people of a state or a region; the populace; the public. Hence: (a) One's constituents. (b) The whole body of the electors of state; as, to dissolve Parliament and appeal to the country

  4. Country(adverb)

    a jury, as representing the citizens of a country

  5. Country(adverb)

    the inhabitants of the district from which a jury is drawn

  6. Country(adverb)

    the rock through which a vein runs

  7. Country(adj)

    pertaining to the regions remote from a city; rural; rustic; as, a country life; a country town; the country party, as opposed to city

  8. Country(adj)

    destitute of refinement; rude; unpolished; rustic; not urbane; as, country manners

  9. Country(adj)

    pertaining, or peculiar, to one's own country


  1. Country

    A country is a region legally identified as a distinct entity in political geography. A country may be an independent sovereign state or one that is occupied by another state, as a non-sovereign or formerly sovereign political division, or a geographic region associated with sets of previously independent or differently associated peoples with distinct political characteristics. Regardless of the physical geography, in the modern internationally accepted legal definition as defined by the League of Nations in 1937 and reaffirmed by the United Nations in 1945, a resident of a country is subject to the independent exercise of legal jurisdiction. Sometimes the word country is used to refer both to sovereign states and to other political entities, while other times it refers only to states. For example, the CIA World Factbook uses the word in its "Country name" field to refer to "a wide variety of dependencies, areas of special sovereignty, uninhabited islands, and other entities in addition to the traditional countries or independent states".

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'country' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #270

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'country' in Written Corpus Frequency: #453

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'country' in Nouns Frequency: #29

Translations for country

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


any of the nations of the world; the land occupied by a nation

Canada is a larger country than Spain.

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