What does region mean?

Definitions for region
ˈri dʒənre·gion

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. region, partnoun

    the extended spatial location of something

    "the farming regions of France"; "religions in all parts of the world"; "regions of outer space"

  2. area, regionnoun

    a part of an animal that has a special function or is supplied by a given artery or nerve

    "in the abdominal region"

  3. regionnoun

    a large indefinite location on the surface of the Earth

    "penguins inhabit the polar regions"

  4. region, neighborhoodnoun

    the approximate amount of something (usually used prepositionally as in `in the region of')

    "it was going to take in the region of two or three months to finish the job"; "the price is in the neighborhood of $100"

  5. region, realmnoun

    a knowledge domain that you are interested in or are communicating about

    "it was a limited realm of discourse"; "here we enter the region of opinion"; "the realm of the occult"


  1. regionnoun

    Any considerable and connected part of a space or surface; specifically, a tract of land or sea of considerable but indefinite extent; a country; a district; in a broad sense, a place without special reference to location or extent but viewed as an entity for geographical, social or cultural reasons.

  2. regionnoun

    An administrative subdivision of a city, a territory, a country or the European Union.

  3. regionnoun

    Such a division of the city of Rome and of the territory about Rome, of which the number varied at different times; a district, quarter, or ward.

  4. regionnoun

    The inhabitants of a region or district of a country.

  5. regionnoun

    A place in or a part of the body in any way indicated.

    the abdominal regions

  6. regionnoun

    Place; rank; station; dignity.

  7. regionnoun

    The space from the earth's surface out to the orbit of the moon: properly called the elemental region.

  8. Etymology: From regiun, from regio, regionem, from regere.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Regionnoun

    Etymology: region, Fr. regio, Lat.

    All the regions
    Do seemingly revolt; and, who resist,
    Are mock’d for valiant ignorance. William Shakespeare.

    Her eyes in heav’n
    Would through the airy region stream so bright,
    That birds would sing, and think it were not night. William Shakespeare.

    The upper regions of the air perceive the collection of the matter of tempests before the air below. Francis Bacon.

    They rag’d the goddess, and with fury fraught,
    The restless regions of the storms she sought. Dryden.

    The bow is bent and drawn, make from the shaft.
    —— Let it fall rather, though the fork invade
    The region of my heart. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    The gentleman kept company with the wild prince and Poins: he is of too high a region; he knows too much. William Shakespeare.


  1. Region

    In geography, regions, otherwise referred to as zones, lands or territories, are areas that are broadly divided by physical characteristics (physical geography), human impact characteristics (human geography), and the interaction of humanity and the environment (environmental geography). Geographic regions and sub-regions are mostly described by their imprecisely defined, and sometimes transitory boundaries, except in human geography, where jurisdiction areas such as national borders are defined in law. Apart from the global continental regions, there are also hydrospheric and atmospheric regions that cover the oceans, and discrete climates above the land and water masses of the planet. The land and water global regions are divided into subregions geographically bounded by large geological features that influence large-scale ecologies, such as plains and features. As a way of describing spatial areas, the concept of regions is important and widely used among the many branches of geography, each of which can describe areas in regional terms. For example, ecoregion is a term used in environmental geography, cultural region in cultural geography, bioregion in biogeography, and so on. The field of geography that studies regions themselves is called regional geography. Regions are an area or division, especially part of a country or the world having definable characteristics but not always fixed boundaries. In the fields of physical geography, ecology, biogeography, zoogeography, and environmental geography, regions tend to be based on natural features such as ecosystems or biotopes, biomes, drainage basins, natural regions, mountain ranges, soil types. Where human geography is concerned, the regions and subregions are described by the discipline of ethnography.


  1. region

    A region is a specific area or section within a larger place, space, body, or surface that is distinguishable from the other areas or sections due to distinctive features, characteristics, or conditions. This term can be applied to various contexts such as geography, politics, science, and more. For example, it may refer to a geographical area within a country or continent, a particular area of the body, or a specified area in a document or image.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Regionnoun

    one of the grand districts or quarters into which any space or surface, as of the earth or the heavens, is conceived of as divided; hence, in general, a portion of space or territory of indefinite extent; country; province; district; tract

  2. Regionnoun

    tract, part, or space, lying about and including anything; neighborhood; vicinity; sphere

  3. Regionnoun

    the upper air; the sky; the heavens

  4. Regionnoun

    the inhabitants of a district

  5. Regionnoun

    place; rank; station

  6. Etymology: [F. rgion, from L. regio a direction, a boundary line, region, fr. regere to guide, direct. See Regimen.]


  1. Region

    Region is most commonly a term used in terrestrial sciences and astrophysics. Among the different sub-disciplines of geography it is an area studied by regional geographers. Regions consist of subregions that contain clusters of like areas that are distinctive by their uniformity of description based on a range of statistical data, for example demographic, and locales. In astrophysics some regions have science-specific terms such as galactic clusters. In Geography, regions can be broadly divided by physical characteristics, human impact characteristics, and the interaction of Humanity and the environment. Geographic regions and subregions are mostly described by their imprecisely defined, and sometimes transitory boundaries, except in human geography where jurisdiction areas such as national borders are clearly defined in law. Apart from the global continental regions, there are also hydrospheric and atmospheric regions that cover the oceans, and discrete climates above the land and water masses of the planet. The land and water global regions are divided into subregions geographically bounded by large geological features that influence large-scale ecologies, such as plains and steppes, forested massifs, deserts, or mountainous regions. Subregions describe the areas within regions that are easily distinguished in both the geological and ecological observable features.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Region

    rē′jun, n. a portion of land: country: any area or district, with respect to fauna, flora, &c.: (Shak.) rank, dignity: (Shak.) the elemental space between the earth and the moon's orbit.—adj. Rē′gional, topical: local: topographical.—n. Rē′gionalism, sectionalism.—adv. Rē′gionally.—n. Regionā′rius, a title given to R.C. ecclesiastics who have jurisdiction over certain districts of Rome.—adjs. Rē′gionary; Rēgion′ic. [O. Fr.,—L. regio, regionisregĕre, to rule.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. region

    A specific, definite space, as distinguished from any other specific, definite space; as, East Aurora, Barren Island, Kalamazoo, Sea Grit, Beverly.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. region

    Any large tract of land or water on the earth's surface, having some feature common to every part of itself, and different from what exists elsewhere; as northern, southern, or intertropical region; mountainous region; region of perpetual congelation, &c.

Editors Contribution

  1. region

    A defined area or location for unity governmental purpose.

    The region were creating empowering developmental plans according to the chosen priorities.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 23, 2020  


  1. Region

    a space or area adjoining a specified point: a part of the body composed of a number of segments, as the head, the thorax, or the abdomen.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Region is ranked #152628 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Region surname appeared 107 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Region.

    80.3% or 86 total occurrences were White.
    17.7% or 19 total occurrences were Black.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'region' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1063

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'region' in Written Corpus Frequency: #882

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'region' in Nouns Frequency: #293

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of region in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of region in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of region in a Sentence

  1. State John Kerry on Thursday:

    The serious approach that we have been able to cooperate on has made a difference to the life of people in Syria and to the possibilities of making progress on peace, the people of Syria and the people of the region have as a result been able to taste and smell the possibilities of what it means to have a huge reduction of violence and receive humanitarian assistance.

  2. The US:

    Turkey was going to do this current engagement even if American troops were in the region, making it very likely there would've been a conflict between two NATO allies in northern Syria ? That's not believable !

  3. Ash Carter:

    It’s long standing, it is, we say, ironclad, they have a new government there and we look forward to working with them, talking with them about our alliance, about security affairs in the region.

  4. Jay Weissberg:

    Finally festival programmers are looking at Arab territories and realizing that there is a tremendous number of interesting voices coming out of the region that had been under-represented before, it's wonderful that the Academy is also finally recognizing there are powerful stories being told in a way that appeals as much to international audiences as to local ones.

  5. Clint McDonald:

    They're upset about what is going on, and this is what is happening for our people every day. So the whole situation has got the border region upset and and we're trying to survive day to day -- then they receive a few of these people in their communities and they're screaming for help when our border sheriffs cannot get any help.

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