Definition of country in English:

country

Syllabification: coun·try
Pronunciation: /ˈkəntrē
 
/

noun (plural countries)

1A nation with its own government, occupying a particular territory: the country’s increasingly precarious economic position
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  • 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.
Synonyms
nation, (sovereign) state, kingdom, realm, territory, province, principality, palatinate, duchy
homeland, native land, fatherland, motherland, the land of one's fathers
1.1 (the country) The people of a nation: the whole country took to the streets
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  • 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.
Synonyms
the people, the public, the population, the populace, citizenry, the nation, the body politic;
the electors, the voters, the taxpayers, the grass roots
informal John Q. Public, Joe Blow, Joe Schmo
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 lane
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  • 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.
Synonyms
woods, back of beyond, hinterland, bush, backcountry
informal sticks, middle of nowhere, boondocks, boonies
Australian outback
3An area or region with regard to its physical features: a tract of wild country
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  • 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.
Synonyms
terrain, land, territory, parts;
landscape, scenery, setting, surroundings, environment
3.1A region associated with a particular person, especially a writer, or with a particular work: Steinbeck country includes the Monterey Peninsula
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  • 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.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French cuntree, from medieval Latin contrata (terra) '(land) lying opposite', from Latin contra 'against, opposite'.

Phrases

across country

Not keeping to roads: their route was across country, through fields of corn
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  • 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.

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