from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A nation or state.
- n. The territory of a nation or state; land.
- n. The people of a nation or state; populace: The whole country will profit from the new economic reforms.
- n. The land of a person's birth or citizenship: Foreign travel is restricted in his country.
- n. A region, territory, or large tract of land distinguishable by features of topography, biology, or culture: hill country; Bible country.
- n. An area or expanse outside cities and towns; a rural area: a vacation in the country.
- n. Law A jury.
- n. Informal Country music.
- adj. Of, relating to, or typical of the country: a country road; country cooking.
- adj. Of or relating to country music.
- idiom in country In Vietnam during the period of U.S. military operations there: "He'd been in country a month longer than the other four” ( Nelson DeMille).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. From the countryside or connected with it.
- adj. Of or connected to country music.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A tract of land; a region; the territory of an independent nation; (as distinguished from any other region, and with a personal pronoun) the region of one's birth, permanent residence, or citizenship.
- n. Rural regions, as opposed to a city or town.
- n. The inhabitants or people of a state or a region; the populace; the public. Hence: (a) One's constituents. (b) The whole body of the electors of state.
- n. A jury, as representing the citizens of a country.
- n. The inhabitants of the district from which a jury is drawn.
- n. The rock through which a vein runs.
- adj. Pertaining to the regions remote from a city; rural; rustic.
- adj. Destitute of refinement; rude; unpolished; rustic; not urbane.
- adj. Pertaining, or peculiar, to one's own country.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A region; a district of indefinite extent present to the view or thought, being or considered as the locality of residence, travel, exploration, or other action, or of description: as, a new country; a wild country; a rugged country; an unexplored country; the countries of central Asia.
- n. The territory of a nation; an independent state, or a region once independent, and still distinct in name, population, or institutions, as England, Scotland, and Wales in Great Britain, the several states of the Austrian and German empires, etc.
- n. The rural parts of a region, as opposed to cities or towns.
- n. The place of one's nativity or citizenship; one's native soil; the land of one's nationality or allegiance by birth or adoption.
- n. The inhabitants of a country; the people; the public.
- n. Specifically In law, the public at large, as represented by a jury: as, a trial by the country; his plea concluded to the country (that is, it ended by requiring the submission of the issue to a jury).
- n. In law, any place other than a court: as, a deed in the country, as opposed to an alienation by record—that is, in court.
- n. In mining, the rock adjacent to the lode; the formation in which any mineral vein or deposit is inclosed. Sometimes called country-rock.
- n. Nautical, that part of an apartment on board ship used in common by all officers of the same mess: as, the ward-room country.
- Pertaining or peculiar to one's own country; national; native.
- Pertaining or belonging to the country or to the rural parts of a region; being or living in the country; rural; rustic: as, country roads: country customs; a country gentleman; country cousins; a country life; the country party, as opposed to the city party.
- Characteristic of the country or rural regions; hence, rustic; rude; unpolished: as, country manners.
- n. The parts of a cricket-field covered by the out-fielders; the long- or deep-field.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an area outside of cities and towns
- n. the territory occupied by a nation
- n. a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography)
- n. the people who live in a nation or country
- n. a politically organized body of people under a single government
Middle English countre, from Old French contree, from Vulgar Latin *(terra) contrāta, (land) opposite, before, from Latin contrā, opposite; see kom in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English contree, contre, from Old French contree, from Vulgar Latin (terra) contrata ("(land) lying opposite; (land) spread before"), derived from contra ("against, opposite"). (Wiktionary)