Definitions for territoryˈtɛr ɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ter•ri•to•ryˈtɛr ɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i(n.)(pl.)-ries.

  1. any tract of land; region; district.

  2. the land and waters belonging to or under the jurisdiction of a state, sovereign, etc.

    Category: Government

  3. any separate tract of land belonging to a state.

    Category: Government

  4. (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.

    Category: Government

  5. a field or sphere of action, thought, etc.

  6. the region or district assigned to a representative, agent, or the like, as for making sales.

  7. 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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. district, territory, territorial dominion, dominion(noun)

    a region marked off for administrative or other purposes

  2. territory(noun)

    an area of knowledge or interest

    "his questions covered a lot of territory"

  3. territory, soil(noun)

    the geographical area under the jurisdiction of a sovereign state

    "American troops were stationed on Japanese soil"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. 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

  2. territoryˈtɛr ɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i

    an area that an animal lives in and defends against other animals

    Blackbirds live in clearly defined territories.


  1. territory(Noun)

    A large extent or tract of land; a region; a country; a district.

  2. territory(Noun)

    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.

  3. territory(Noun)

    An area that an animal of a particular species consistently defends against its conspecifics.

  4. Origin: territorium, from terra the earth

Webster Dictionary

  1. Territory(noun)

    a large extent or tract of land; a region; a country; a district

  2. Territory(noun)

    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

  3. Territory(noun)

    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

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'territory' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3131

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'territory' in Nouns Frequency: #1010

Translations for territory

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a stretch of land; a region

They explored the territory around the North Pole.

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