Definition of


  1. (noun, group) the people who live in a nation or country
    the news was announced to the nation
    the whole country worshipped him
  2. (noun, group) a politically organized body of people under a single government
    African nations
    students who had come to the nation's capitol
    the country's largest manufacturer
    an industrialized land
  3. (noun, location) a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography)
    Bible country
  4. (noun, location) the territory occupied by a nation
    he visited several European countries
  5. (noun, location) an area outside of cities and towns

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Alternate forms of Country

Hyponyms: african country, african nation, ally, anchorage, anchorage ground, arena, asian country, asian nation, back country, backwoods, banana republic, bed ground, bed-ground, bedground, block, boondocks, british, british people, brits, broadcast area, buffer country, buffer state, center, centre, city block, city state, city-state, clear, commonwealth country, corner, country of origin, countryside, danger, developing country, disaster area, dominion, dutch, dutch people, english, english people, european country, european nation, eye, farming area, farmland, fatherland, fireside, foreign country, free port, free zone, french, french people, great power, hangout, haunt, heart, hearth, high country, hinterland, homeland, hunting ground, irish, irish people, kingdom, major power, middle, mother country, motherland, native land, neighborhood, no man's land, no-go area, north american country, north american nation, open, playground, power, quadrant, rain shadow, refuge, reich, renegade state, repair, resort, resort area, retreat, rogue nation, rogue state, safety, scene, scrubland, sea power, section, shrubbery, south american country, south american nation, space, spanish, spanish people, staging area, stamping ground, sultanate, superpower, suzerain, swiss, swiss people, tank farm, tax haven, vacation spot, weald, winner's circle, wold, world power

Hypernyms: administrative district, administrative division, geographic area, geographic region, geographical area, geographical region, people, political entity, political unit, region, territorial division

Origin of the word Country

  1. mid-13c., from O.Fr. cuntree, from V.L. *(terra) contrata "(land) lying opposite," or "(land) spread before one," from L. contra "opposite, against" (see contra). To Eng. as "district," narrowed 1520s to rural areas, as opposed to cities. Replaced O.E. land. Countrified is from 1650s. First record of country-and-western music style is f… more

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