noun (plural countries)
- 1A nation with its own government, occupying a particular territory: the country’s increasingly precarious economic positionMore example sentences
- It is more than four times what all the European Union countries together spend on arms.
- He also wants European states to slash aid to the poor countries that refugees flee from.
- In some ways it seems like a better option for some countries to turn to democracy.
- 1.1 (the country) The people of a nation: the whole country took to the streetsMore example sentences
- Let's leave motorists alone and concentrate on the many other problems within the borough and the country as a whole.
- Incentives and discipline work together to secure a desirable outcome for the country as a whole.
- Over the past 12 months, the country as a whole has seen a series of appalling incidents involving guns.
- 2 (often the country) Districts and small settlements outside large towns, cities, or the capital: the airfield is right out in the country [as modifier]: a country laneMore example sentences
- Then he said they had died in a gun battle with soldiers on a country road outside the capital.
- Shoppers, workers and students we spoke to complained of the country roads outside the town.
- It is vitally important that the people here are united in this thrust to depopulate the country area.
- 3An area or region with regard to its physical features: a tract of wild countryMore example sentences
- It is a wild and woolly country which drew me in and one that continues to find new ways to embrace me.
- But his true appeal lies in his own personal evocation of wild country.
- It was a wild, rugged country that used horses and carts for transport and grew wheat in their fields.
- 3.1A region associated with a particular person, especially a writer, or with a particular work: Steinbeck country includes the Monterey PeninsulaMore example sentences
- A farming family in Herriot country is offering death with dignity for all creatures great and small.
- Once you arrive at D.H. Lawrence Country you can begin to enjoy the Lawrence countryside which he referred to as ‘The Country of my Heart’.
- This area is also famous as Macbeth Country, and the The Birnam Wood, made famous by the witches' prophesy in Shakespeare's MacBeth, is on the south bank of the River Tay.
- 4 short for country music.
- Not keeping to roads: their route was across country, through fields of cornMore example sentences
- We looped off the road and went again across country.
- And really, he wants to date her, so he agrees to take her kids in a road trip across country.
- Two-thirds of it will be on roads and the rest across country.
Middle English: from Old French cuntree, from medieval Latin contrata (terra) '(land) lying opposite', from Latin contra 'against, opposite'.