Definitions for territoryˈtɛr ɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ter•ri•to•ryˈtɛr ɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i(n.)(pl.)-ries.
any tract of land; region; district.
the land and waters belonging to or under the jurisdiction of a state, sovereign, etc.
any separate tract of land belonging to a state.
(usu. cap.) a region of the U.S. not admitted as a state but having its own legislature and an appointed governor. a similar district elsewhere, as in Canada and Australia.
a field or sphere of action, thought, etc.
the region or district assigned to a representative, agent, or the like, as for making sales.
the area that an animal defends against intruders, esp. of the same species.
Category: Animal Behavior
Origin of territory:
1400–50; late ME < L territōrium land round a town, district =terr(a) land +-tōrium-tory2
district, territory, territorial dominion, dominion(noun)
a region marked off for administrative or other purposes
an area of knowledge or interest
"his questions covered a lot of territory"
the geographical area under the jurisdiction of a sovereign state
"American troops were stationed on Japanese soil"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
territory(noun)ˈtɛr ɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i
an area of land belonging to or controlled by a country, state, etc.
in French/Mexican/Korean territory
territoryˈtɛr ɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i
an area that an animal lives in and defends against other animals
Blackbirds live in clearly defined territories.
A large extent or tract of land; a region; a country; a district.
A geographic area under control of a single governing entity such as state or municipality; an area whose borders are determined by the scope of political power rather than solely by natural features such as rivers and ridges.
An area that an animal of a particular species consistently defends against its conspecifics.
Origin: territorium, from terra the earth
a large extent or tract of land; a region; a country; a district
the extent of land belonging to, or under the dominion of, a prince, state, or other form of government; often, a tract of land lying at a distance from the parent country or from the seat of government; as, the territory of a State; the territories of the East India Company
in the United States, a portion of the country not included within the limits of any State, and not yet admitted as a State into the Union, but organized with a separate legislature, under a Territorial governor and other officers appointed by the President and Senate of the United States. In Canada, a similarly organized portion of the country not yet formed into a Province
Translations for territory
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a stretch of land; a region
They explored the territory around the North Pole.
- gebied, streekAfrikaans
- إقْليم، مُقاطَعَهArabic
- territórioPortuguese (BR)
- území, oblastCzech
- das TerritoriumGerman
- ناحیه؛ منطقهFarsi
- שֶׁטַח אֶרֶץ, טֶרִיטוֹריָהHebrew
- područje, teritorijCroatian
- teritorija, plotasLithuanian
- landområde, region, territoriumNorwegian
- ناحیه؛ منطقهPersian
- سيمه، علاقه، خاوره، هيواد، مځكه ولسوالى، ولايت، علاقه، په قلمروكې دننه سيمه چې ولايت نه ويPashto
- územie, oblasťSlovak
- 版圖，地區Chinese (Trad.)
- dải đất, khu vựcVietnamese
- 版图，地区Chinese (Simp.)
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