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district Syllabification: dis·trict
Pronunciation: /ˈdistrikt/

Definition of district in English:


(abbreviation: distr.)
1An area of a country or city, especially one regarded as a distinct unit because of a particular characteristic: an elegant shopping 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.
1.1A region defined for an administrative purpose: the city school district
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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.
1.2 (the District) The District of Columbia; Washington, DC.
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  • One could hardly send a stronger sign that crimes will be doggedly investigated in the District.
  • He's built up a lot of good will on Capitol Hill and among District residents.


[with object] North American Back to top  
Divide into districts.
Example sentences
  • 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).

Words that rhyme with district

object • subject • relict

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