Definition of country in English:


Line breaks: coun|try
Pronunciation: /ˈkʌntri

noun (plural countries)

  • 3 [mass noun] An 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.
    terrain, land, territory, parts; landscape, scenery, setting, surroundings, environment
  • 3.1A region associated with a particular person, work, or television programme: an old mansion in Stevenson’s ‘Kidnapped’ country
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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.


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.

go (or appeal) to the country

British Test public opinion by dissolving Parliament and holding a general election: the prime minister had been due to go to the country by November
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  • Not since the Labour's longest suicide note in 1983 has a political party gone to the country with such an incredible economic policy.
  • What political party has ever gone to the country with such a feeble platform?
  • In today's Independent on Sunday newspaper a poll of 110 Labour backbenchers showed only 45% openly in favour of going to the country on May 3.

one's line of country

British A subject in which one is skilled or knowledgeable: anagrams are not in my line of country
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  • At the same time we're being encouraged to publish stuff in hard copy in journals, refereed journals and refereed books, which is my line of country.
  • ‘Funny that, I had someone who shares your line of country in during the week,’ said Bob.
  • Certainly it is not in the line of country that your Honour was talking about.


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

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