What does Country mean?

Definitions for Country
ˈkʌn tricoun·t·ry

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Country.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. state, nation, country, land, commonwealth, res publica, body politicnoun

    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, landnoun

    the territory occupied by a nation

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

  3. nation, land, countrynoun

    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 areanoun

    an area outside of cities and towns

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

  5. area, countrynoun

    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"


  1. countrynoun

    An area of land; a district, region.

  2. countrynoun

    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. countrynoun

    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. countrynoun

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

  5. countrynoun

    Country music.

  6. countryadjective

    From the countryside or connected with it.

  7. countryadjective

    Of or connected to country music.

  8. countrynoun

    Plural form of countryman.

  9. Etymology: contree, contre, from contree, from Vulgar Latin (terra) contrata, derived from contra.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Countryadjective

    This word is scarcely used but in composition.

    Cannot a country wench know, that having received a shilling from one that owes her three, and a shilling also from another that owes her three, that the remaining debts in each of their hands are equal? John Locke.

    I never meant any other, than that Mr. Trot should confine himself to country dances. Spectator, №. 308.

    He comes no nearer to a positive, clear idea of a positive infinite, than the country fellow had of the water which was yet to pass the channel of the river where he stood. John Locke.

    Talk but with country people, or young people, and you shall find that the notions they apply this name to, are so odd that nobody can imagine they were taught by a rational man. John Locke.

    The low mechanicks of a country town do somewhat outdo him. John Locke.

    Come, we’ll e’en to our country seat repair,
    The native home of innocence and love. John Norris.

    A country gentleman, learning Latin in the university, removes thence to his mansion-house. John Locke.

    She laughing the cruel tyrant to scorn, spake in her country language. 2 Macabees, vii. 27.

    We make a country man dumb, whom we will not allow to speak but by the rules of grammar. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

  2. COUNTRYnoun

    Etymology: contrée, Fr. contrata, low Latin; supposed to be contracted from conterrata.

    Send out more horses, skirre the country round,
    Hang those that talk of fear. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    They require to be examined concerning the descriptions of those countries of which they would be informed. Thomas Sprat.

    I see them hurry from country to town, and then from the town back again into the country. Spectator, №. 626.

    The king set on foot a reformation in the ornaments and advantages of our country. Thomas Sprat.

    O, save my country, heav’n, shall be your last. Alexander Pope.

    All the country, in a general voice,
    Cry’d hate upon him; all their prayers and love
    Were set on Hereford. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.


  1. Country

    A country is a distinct part of the world, such as a state, nation, or other political entity. It may be a sovereign state or make up one part of a larger state. For example, the country of Japan is an independent, sovereign state, while the country of Wales is a component of a multi-part sovereign state, the United Kingdom. A country may be a historically sovereign area (such as Korea), a currently sovereign territory with a unified government (such as Senegal), or a non-sovereign geographic region associated with certain distinct political, ethnic, or cultural characteristics (such as the Basque Country). The definition and usage of the word "country" is flexible and has changed over time. The Economist wrote in 2010 that "any attempt to find a clear definition of a country soon runs into a thicket of exceptions and anomalies." Most sovereign states, but not all countries, are members of the United Nations. The largest country by area is Russia, while the smallest is the microstate Vatican City. The most populous is China, while the Pitcairn Islands are the least populous.


  1. country

    A country is a geographic region or territory that is politically organized and governed by a recognized government or authority. It is typically characterized by defined borders, a distinct culture, a system of laws, and its own political, economic, and social institutions. Countries usually have their own government, sovereignty, and may have varying levels of international recognition.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Countryadverb

    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. Countryadverb

    rural regions, as opposed to a city or town

  3. Countryadverb

    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. Countryadverb

    a jury, as representing the citizens of a country

  5. Countryadverb

    the inhabitants of the district from which a jury is drawn

  6. Countryadverb

    the rock through which a vein runs

  7. Countryadjective

    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. Countryadjective

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

  9. Countryadjective

    pertaining, or peculiar, to one's own country

  10. Etymology: [F. contre, LL. contrata, fr. L. contra over against, on the opposite side. Cf. Counter, adv., Contra.]


  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".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Country

    kun′tri, n. a rural region as distinct from a town: a tract of land: the land in which one was born, or in which one resides.—adj. belonging to the country: rustic: rude.—p.adj. Coun′trified.—v.t. Coun′trify, to make rustic.—ns. Coun′try-box, a country-house; Coun′try-dance, a dance practised by country people: a dance in which an indefinite number of couples can take part, the gentlemen being arranged at the commencement on one side, and the ladies on the other.—n.pl. Coun′try-folk, the inhabitants of the country.—ns. Coun′try-house, -seat, the residence of a country gentleman; Coun′tryman, one who lives in the country: a farmer: one born in the same country with another; Coun′try-side, a district or part of the country; Coun′try-woman, a woman who dwells in the country: a woman born in the same country.—Country cousin, a relative from the country, unaccustomed to town sights or manners; Country gentleman, a landed proprietor who resides on his estate in the country; Country town, a small town in a rural district, depending on the agricultural industry of the surrounding country.—Go to the country, in parliamentary usage, to appeal to the feeling of the community by a general election. [O. Fr., contrée—Low L. contrata, contrada, an extension of L. contra, over against.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. country

    A term synonymous with station. The place whither a ship happens to be ordered.

Editors Contribution

  1. country

    A specific area of land defined in legislation.

    Many countries are defined legally and some countries are united with other countries to form a nation or sovereign state.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 23, 2020  

  2. country

    A group of people in a specific geographical area defined in legislation with a structure of unity government in the form of all types of local unity government, regional unity government, national unity government that work in partnership with the european unity government and international unity government to cocreate an ethical, moral, fair and just society with the focus on priorities of optimum health, human rights, right to life, civil rights, balanced and moderate society with the redistribution of income, wealth and resources to ensure and guarantee shared prosperity for all

    The country did create a form of unity government structure across the country.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 3, 2020  

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Country in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Country in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Country in a Sentence

  1. Hillary Holley:

    Now, with the GOP's voter suppression campaign ramping up in state houses across the country, Fair Fight Action is proud to join with Michelle Obama and When We All Vote alongside other civil and voting rights organizations to fight back against Republicans' anti-voter agenda. We're ready to work with our allies to recruit new volunteers and keep organizing Americans to push for the Senate to pass new federal protections for voting rights at a time when we need them more than ever.

  2. Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana:

    This virus has affected thousands of our people and has nearly brought our country to its knees, we all have a collective responsibility to break the chains of transmission by isolating the sick and reporting all known contacts, by not touching the dead ... We cannot be complacent. We must work together as a nation to end Ebola now.

  3. Bernie Sanders:

    I traveled all over the country to fight the repeal of Obamacare, but I will not be deterred from ending the corporate greed that creates dysfunction in our health care system. We must pass Medicare for All.

  4. Luke Bronin:

    This drug is enormously powerful, it is poisonous, and it is showing up more and more often, not just here but in communities across the state and in communities across the country in higher concentrations, with higher potency, and that means with higher toxicity and danger. And as a community, our first focus now is on supporting the school community.

  5. Will Hurd:

    I always have an open mind about how to serve my country.

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Translations for Country

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  • landAfrikaans
  • أرياف, بَلَدٌ, ريف, وَطَنٌ, وِلاَيَةٌ, نسبة الى الريف, اوطان, رِيفِيّArabic
  • ölkə, kəndAzerbaijani
  • өлкә, ауыл, төбәк, дәүләт, илBashkir
  • зямля, вёска, краіна, дзержаваBelarusian
  • земя, държава, кънтри, село, провинциален, страна, родина, провинцияBulgarian
  • দেশBengali
  • maez, glad, broBreton
  • país, campestre, campCatalan, Valencian
  • země, venkovCzech
  • cefn gwlad, gwladwriaeth, gwladWelsh
  • landDanish
  • Vaterland, Land, ländlich, Region, Land-, Staat, LandschaftGerman
  • χώρα, εξοχικός, αγροτικός, επαρχιώτικος, εξοχή, ύπαιθροςGreek
  • lando, kamparoEsperanto
  • provincia, campestre, país, ranchera, provinciano, campesino, campoSpanish
  • maa, kantri, riikEstonian
  • سرزمین, میهن, حومه شهر, کشور, حاشیه نشین, روستایی, روستاPersian
  • maalainen, maa, valtio, maaseutu, kantri, maalais-Finnish
  • landFaroese
  • pays, contrée, campagneFrench
  • lân, boerelânWestern Frisian
  • tìreil, dùthaich, dùthchail, tìr, talamhScottish Gaelic
  • paísGalician
  • tetâGuaraní
  • દેશGujarati
  • כפרי, מדינה, כפר, ארץ, כפריתHebrew
  • देश, राष्ट्र, देHindi
  • peyiHaitian Creole
  • ország, vidéki, vidékHungarian
  • քանթրի, շինական, գյուղական, երկիր, պետություն, գյուղ, շենArmenian
  • pais, campestre, ruralInterlingua
  • bangsa, negara, desaIndonesian
  • lando, ruroIdo
  • landIcelandic
  • landa, patria, paese, campagna, rurale, campo, nazioneItalian
  • מדינהHebrew
  • カントリー, 国, 田舎, 地方, 国家, 田園Japanese
  • negara, negawaJavanese
  • ქვეყანა, სოფელიGeorgian
  • елKazakh
  • nunaatKalaallisut, Greenlandic
  • ស្រុក, ប្រទេសKhmer
  • ದೇಶದ, ದೇಶ, ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರKannada
  • 나라, 국가, 國家, 시골, 시골의Korean
  • welat, وڵاتKurdish
  • өлкөKyrgyz
  • patria, pagus, terra, rusLatin
  • Land, StaatLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • ເມືອງ, ປະເທດLao
  • šalis, kraštas, kaimiškas, kaimo, valstybė, kaimas, kantriLithuanian
  • lauki, kantrī, lauku, zeme, valsts, lauku-Latvian
  • селски, земја, нациja, држава, село, кантриMacedonian
  • രാജ്യം, ഗ്രാമം, നാട്ടുമ്പുറംMalayalam
  • гүрэн, улсMongolian
  • negara, bangsaMalay
  • pajjiżMaltese
  • နိုင်ငံBurmese
  • country, land, landsbygdNorwegian
  • land, platteland, plattelands, country, land-, boeren-, open veldDutch
  • land, landsbygd, countryNorwegian Nynorsk
  • landsens, landNorwegian
  • kéyahNavajo, Navaho
  • akiin, akiOjibwe, Ojibwa
  • ਰਾਸ਼ਟਰ, ਮੂਲਕ, ਦੇਸ਼Panjabi, Punjabi
  • ziemia, country, kraj, wieś, wiejskiPolish
  • nação, campestre, países, rural, país, grosseiro, campo, countryPortuguese
  • suyuQuechua
  • pajais, cuntradaRomansh
  • stat, sat, țară, națiune, pământ, patrie, ruralRomanian
  • страна, край, государство, провинция, деревня, деревенский, село, земля, держава, кантри, сельскийRussian
  • देशः, राष्ट्रSanskrit
  • zemlja, земља, држава, nacija, отачбина, otačbina, dedinje, krajina, село, нација, država, selo, ĸpajинaSerbo-Croatian
  • රටSinhala, Sinhalese
  • dedina, vidiek, krajina, zem, vidiecky, dedinskýSlovak
  • zemlja, vaško, podeželsko, država, dežela, podeželjeSlovene
  • atdhe, fshatAlbanian
  • land-, land, landet, landsort, lands-, landsbygd, countrySwedish
  • shamba, mashamba, -a kimashamba, nchiSwahili
  • நாடு, தேசம்Tamil
  • దేశముTelugu
  • давлат, мамлакатTajik
  • ชนบท, เมือง, ทางชนบท, ประเทศThai
  • döwlet, ülke, watanTurkmen
  • bansaTagalog
  • taşra, kırsal, eyalet, memleket, ülke, il, elTurkish
  • илTatar
  • земля, село, країна, державаUkrainian
  • راشٹر, دیشUrdu
  • mamlakat, qishloqUzbek
  • 國家, nước, miền quê, nông thôn, quốc gia, quê hương, tỉnn, đất nước, tổ quốc, quốcVietnamese
  • länVolapük
  • דאָרפֿישYiddish
  • Chinese

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