- a territory distinguished by its people, culture, language, geography, etc
- an area of land distinguished by its political autonomy; state
- the people of a territory or state
- the part of the land that is away from cities or industrial areas; rural districts
- (as modifier): country cottage
- short for country music
- up country ⇒ away from the coast or the capital
- one's native land or nation of citizenship
- across country ⇒ not keeping to roads, etc
- go to the country, appeal to the country ⇒ chiefly Brit to dissolve Parliament and hold an election
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- Government a state or nation:[countable]European countries.
- Government the territory or land of a nation:[countable]the country of France.
- Government the people of a district, state, or nation:[countable]That whole country hates foreigners.
- Government[countable] the land of one's birth or citizenship.
- Government rural districts, as opposed to cities or towns:[countable; singular: the + ~]We both grew up in the country.
- Government an area marked by certain characteristics, etc.:[uncountable]Pennsylvania Dutch country.
- Music and Dance country music.
adj. [before a noun]
- of, from, or characteristic of the country:a country boy.
- of or relating to country music:a country singer.
- Governmenta state or nation:What European countries have you visited?
- Governmentthe territory of a nation.
- Governmentthe people of a district, state, or nation:The whole country backed the president in his decision.
- Governmentthe land of one's birth or citizenship.
- Governmentrural districts, including farmland, parkland, and other sparsely populated areas, as opposed to cities or towns:Many city dwellers like to spend their vacations in the country.
- Governmentany considerable territory demarcated by topographical conditions, by a distinctive population, etc.:mountainous country; the Amish country of Pennsylvania.
- Governmenta tract of land considered apart from any geographical or political limits;
- Governmentthe public.
- Lawthe public at large, as represented by a jury.
- Music and DanceSee country music.
- Government, British Terms, Idiomsgo to the country, [Brit.]to dissolve a Parliament that has cast a majority vote disagreeing with the prime minister and cabinet and to call for the election of a new House of Commons. Also, appeal to the country.
- put oneself upon the or one's country, [Law.]to present one's cause formally before a jury.
- of, from, or characteristic of the country;
rural:a winding country road.
- Music and Danceof, pertaining to, or associated with country music:That Nashville station plays country records all day long.
- of, from, or pertaining to a particular country.
- [Obs.]of one's own country.
- Vulgar Latin *(regiō) contrāta terrain opposite the viewer, equivalent. to Latin contr(ā) counter3 + -āta, feminine of -ātus -ate1; compare German Gegend region, derivative of gegen against
- Anglo-French, Old French
- Middle English cuntree 1200–50