Definition of district in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɪstrɪkt/


1An area of a country or city, especially one characterized by a particular feature or activity: a coal-mining district
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  • The retail boom is also transforming the oldest shopping districts in the city.
  • Our next stop was the Browns Race and High Falls Area: one of the city's newest entertainment districts.
  • Cities with gleaming business districts and luxury developments for the rich are surrounded by shanty towns and slums.
neighbourhood, area, region, place, locality, locale, community, quarter, sector, vicinity, zone, territory, block, part, spot, patch, domain;
administrative division, ward, parish, constituency, department
informal neck of the woods
British informal manor
North American informal turf
1.1 [often as modifier] A region defined for an administrative purpose: a district health authority
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  • Let us look at that district health board sector, of which a large part is hospital-based.
  • The project authorities with the support of the district administration have removed the debris.
  • Rural school districts have relied more on federal and state aid over the past 3 years than their urban counterparts.
1.2British A division of a county or region that elects its own councillors.
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  • Negotiations between Wiltshire County Council and the districts are continuing.
  • A more detailed report on the waterside scheme will be considered by both the district and county councils in the summer.
  • The district and county councils say it is not their responsibility.


[with object] North American
Divide into areas: (as noun districting) the province’s system of electoral districting
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  • Students are being districted to other schools in the area.
  • I can't say how much districting has caused that, but it sure doesn't make districting look good.
  • Please remember that I'm writing this blog while trying not to be districted by ESPN's awful Fantasy Football preview show that's on my cubicle TV.


Early 17th century (denoting the territory under the jurisdiction of a feudal lord): from French, from medieval Latin districtus '(territory of) jurisdiction', from Latin distringere 'draw apart'.

  • A district was originally the territory under the jurisdiction of a feudal lord. The word is from French, from medieval Latin districtus which meant ‘the constraining and restraining of offenders’ indicating the right to administer justice in a given area. It goes back to Latin distringere ‘hinder, detain’, found also in distress (Middle English), and its shortened form stress (Middle English).

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