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coun·try  (kntr)
n. pl. coun·tries
1.
a. A nation or state.
b. The territory of a nation or state; land.
c. The people of a nation or state; populace: The whole country will profit from the new economic reforms.
2. The land of a person's birth or citizenship: Foreign travel is restricted in his country.
3. A region, territory, or large tract of land distinguishable by features of topography, biology, or culture: hill country; Bible country.
4. An area or expanse outside cities and towns; a rural area: a vacation in the country.
5. Law A jury.
6. Informal Country music.
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or typical of the country: a country road; country cooking.
2. 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).

[Middle English countre, from Old French contree, from Vulgar Latin *(terra) contrta, (land) opposite, before, from Latin contr, opposite; see kom in Indo-European roots.]

country (ˈkʌntrɪ)
n, pl -tries
1. (Human Geography) a territory distinguished by its people, culture, language, geography, etc
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) an area of land distinguished by its political autonomy; state
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the people of a territory or state: the whole country rebelled.
4. an area associated with a particular person: Burns country.
5. (Human Geography)
a. the part of the land that is away from cities or industrial areas; rural districts
b. (as modifier): country cottage.
c. (in combination): a countryman.
6. (Music, other) short for country music
7. a particular locality or district
8. up country away from the coast or the capital
9. (Anthropology & Ethnology) one's native land or nation of citizenship
10. (General Sporting Terms) the country Brit the outlying area or area furthest from the finish of a sports ground or racecourse
11. (modifier) rough; uncouth; rustic: country manners.
12. across country not keeping to roads, etc
13. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) go to the country appeal to the country Brit to dissolve Parliament and hold an election
14. unknown country an unfamiliar topic, place, matter, etc
[C13: from Old French contrée, from Medieval Latin contrāta, literally: that which lies opposite, from Latin contrā opposite]

coun•try (ˈkʌn tri)

n., pl. -tries,
adj. n.
1. a state or nation: European countries.
2. the territory of a nation.
3. the people of a district, state, or nation.
4. the land of one's birth or citizenship.
5. rural districts, as opposed to cities or towns.
6. any considerable territory demarcated by topographical conditions, by a distinctive population, etc.
7. the public at large, as represented by a jury.
adj.
9. of, from, or characteristic of the country; rural.
10. rude; unpolished; rustic: country manners.
11. of, from, or pertaining to a particular country.
12. Obs. of one's own country.
[1200–50; Middle English cuntree < Anglo-French, Old French < Vulgar Latin *(regiō) contrāta terrain opposite the viewer]

country
  • emancipate - Means "to free from legal, political, social control or restraint by others," and "to free from bondage." The word's Latin elements are manus, "hand," and capere, "to take," and first meant "to release or set free."
  • assassin - Thought by some to derive from an Arabic word meaning "hashish user," as members of an Islamic sect in various countries during the time of the Crusades (13th century) ate hashish to intoxicate themselves before setting out to assasinate enemy leaders.
  • patriot - Greek pater, "father," led to Latin patriota, "fellow countryman," which was the original meaning of patriot when it came into English in the late 1500s.
  • country, nation - Both came into English c. 1330 and tend to be used interchangeably.  Country comes from Latin contrata (terra), "the landscape in front of one, the landscape lying opposite to the view." Nation is from Latin nation-/natio, "race, class of person."

  • country
1. 'country'

A country is one of the political areas that the world is divided into.

Indonesia is the fifth most populous country in the world.
Does this system apply in other European countries?

2. 'the country'

Land that is away from towns and cities is the country.

We live in the country.
Many people moved away from the country to the towns.

Be Careful!
When you use country like this, the only determiner you can use with it is the. Don't say, for example, 'I like living in Paris, but my parents prefer to live in a country'. You say 'I like living in Paris, but my parents prefer to live in the country'.


3. 'countryside'

Land that is away from towns and cities can also be called the countryside.

I've always wanted to live in the countryside.

Countryside can be used without 'the' when it is used after an adjective.

We are surrounded by beautiful countryside.
Thesaurus Legend:  Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
Noun1.country - a politically organized body of people under a single governmentcountry - a politically organized body of people under a single government; "the state has elected a new president"; "African nations"; "students who had come to the nation's capitol"; "the country's largest manufacturer"; "an industrialized land"
commonwealth country - any of the countries in the British Commonwealth
developing country - a country that is poor and whose citizens are mostly agricultural workers but that wants to become more advanced socially and economically
Dominion - one of the self-governing nations in the British Commonwealth
estate of the realm, the three estates, estate - a major social class or order of persons regarded collectively as part of the body politic of the country (especially in the United Kingdom) and formerly possessing distinct political rights
foreign country - any state of which one is not a citizen; "working in a foreign country takes a bit of getting used to"
Reich - the German state
renegade state, rogue nation, rogue state - a state that does not respect other states in its international actions
suzerain - a state exercising a degree of dominion over a dependent state especially in its foreign affairs
sea power - a nation that possesses formidable naval strength
great power, major power, superpower, world power, power - a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the world
city state, city-state - a state consisting of a sovereign city
ally - a friendly nation
political entity, political unit - a unit with political responsibilities
2.country - the territory occupied by a nationcountry - the territory occupied by a nation; "he returned to the land of his birth"; "he visited several European countries"
administrative district, administrative division, territorial division - a district defined for administrative purposes
banana republic - a small country (especially in Central America) that is politically unstable and whose economy is dominated by foreign companies and depends on one export (such as bananas)
buffer country, buffer state - a small neutral state between two rival powers
department - the territorial and administrative division of some countries (such as France)
demesne, domain, land - territory over which rule or control is exercised; "his domain extended into Europe"; "he made it the law of the land"
midland - the interior part of a country
kingdom - a country with a king as head of state
province, state - the territory occupied by one of the constituent administrative districts of a nation; "his state is in the deep south"
tax haven - a country or independent region where taxes are low
European country, European nation - any one of the countries occupying the European continent
African country, African nation - any one of the countries occupying the African continent
Asian country, Asian nation - any one of the nations occupying the Asian continent
South American country, South American nation - any one of the countries occupying the South American continent
North American country, North American nation - any country on the North American continent
sultanate - country or territory ruled by a sultan
3.country - the people who live in a nation or countrycountry - the people who live in a nation or country; "a statement that sums up the nation's mood"; "the news was announced to the nation"; "the whole country worshipped him"
people - (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively; "old people"; "there were at least 200 people in the audience"
national, subject - a person who owes allegiance to that nation; "a monarch has a duty to his subjects"
Dutch, Dutch people - the people of the Netherlands; "the Dutch are famous for their tulips"
British, British people, Brits - the people of Great Britain
English people, English - the people of England
Irish, Irish people - people of Ireland or of Irish extraction
French people, French - the people of France
Spanish people, Spanish - the people of Spain
Swiss, Swiss people - the natives or inhabitants of Switzerland
4.country - an area outside of cities and townscountry - an area outside of cities and towns; "his poetry celebrated the slower pace of life in the country"
back country, backwoods, boondocks, hinterland - a remote and undeveloped area
farming area, farmland - a rural area where farming is practiced
grazing land, ley, pasture, pastureland, lea - a field covered with grass or herbage and suitable for grazing by livestock
countryside - rural regions
scrubland - an uncultivated region covered with scrub vegetation
weald - an area of open or forested country
wold - a tract of open rolling country (especially upland)
5.country - a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography)country - a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography); "it was a mountainous area"; "Bible country"
arena - the central area of an ancient Roman amphitheater where contests and spectacles were held; especially an area that was strewn with sand
high country - an area lying above the piedmont but below the timberline
bed ground, bed-ground, bedground - an area on which a drove of cattle or sheep can sleep for a night
broadcast area - the area over which a radio or tv transmission can be received
center, middle, centre, eye, heart - an area that is approximately central within some larger region; "it is in the center of town"; "they ran forward into the heart of the struggle"; "they were in the eye of the storm"
corner - a place off to the side of an area; "he tripled to the rightfield corner"; "the southeastern corner of the Mediterranean"
corner - a remote area; "in many corners of the world they still practice slavery"
disaster area - a region whose population is affected by a general disaster
hangout, haunt, stamping ground, resort, repair - a frequently visited place
fireside, hearth - an area near a fireplace (usually paved and extending out into a room); "they sat on the hearth and warmed themselves before the fire"
hunting ground - an area in which game is hunted
no-go area - an area that is dangerous or impossible to enter or to which entry is forbidden
no man's land - an unoccupied area between the front lines of opposing armies
quadrant - the area enclosed by two perpendicular radii of a circle
quadrant - any of the four areas into which a plane is divided by two orthogonal coordinate axes
rain shadow - an area that has little precipitation because some barrier causes the winds to lose their moisture before reaching it
region - a large indefinite location on the surface of the Earth; "penguins inhabit the polar regions"
staging area - an area where troops and equipment in transit are assembled before a military operation
open, clear - a clear or unobstructed space or expanse of land or water; "finally broke out of the forest into the open"
free port, free zone - an area adjoining a port where goods that are intended for reshipment can be received and stored without payment of duties
anchorage ground, anchorage - place for vessels to anchor
playground, resort area, vacation spot - an area where many people go for recreation
city block, block - a rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings; "he lives in the next block"
neighborhood - an area within a city or town that has some distinctive features (especially one forming a community); "an ethnic neighborhood"
retreat - a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet
refuge, safety - a safe place; "He ran to safety"
danger - a dangerous place; "He moved out of danger"
scene - the place where some action occurs; "the police returned to the scene of the crime"
section - a distinct region or subdivision of a territorial or political area or community or group of people; "no section of the nation is more ardent than the South"; "there are three synagogues in the Jewish section"
shrubbery - an area where a number of shrubs are planted
space - an area reserved for some particular purpose; "the laboratory's floor space"
tank farm - an area used exclusively for storing petroleum in large tanks
winner's circle - a small area at a racecourse where awards are given to the owners of winning horses

country
noun
1. nation, state, land, commonwealth, kingdom, realm, sovereign state, people the disputed boundary between the two countries
2. people, community, nation, society, citizens, voters, inhabitants, grass roots, electors, populace, citizenry, public Seventy per cent of this country is opposed to blood sports.
3. countryside, rural areas, provinces, outdoors, sticks (informal), farmland, outback (Austral. & N.Z.), the middle of nowhere, green belt, wide open spaces (informal), backwoods, back country (U.S.), the back of beyond, bush (N.Z. & S. African), backlands (U.S.), boondocks (U.S. slang) They live somewhere way out in the country.
countryside city, town, metropolis
4. territory, part, land, region, terrain This is some of the best walking country in the district.
5. native land, nationality, homeland, motherland, fatherland, patria (Latin) I am willing to serve my country.
adjective
rural, pastoral, rustic, agrarian, bucolic, Arcadian I want to live a simple country life.
rural city, urban, sophisticated, cosmopolitan, urbane
Related words
adjectives campestral, pastoral, rural

Countries


Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belau, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina-Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo (Republic of), Congo (Democratic Republic of), Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, England, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kirghizia, Kiribati, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, North Korea, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, People's Republic of China, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Republic of Ireland, Republic of Maldives, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, São Tomé and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Surinam, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Venezuela, Vietnam, Wales, Yemen, Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), Zambia, Zimbabwe
Translations
country [ˈkʌntrɪ]
A. N
1. (= nation) → país m; (= people) → pueblo m
to go to the country (Brit) (Pol) → convocar a elecciones generales
2. (= fatherland) → patria f
to die for one's countrymorir por la patria
love of countryamor a la patria
3. (no pl) (= countryside) → campo m
we had to leave the road and go across countrytuvimos que dejar la carretera e ir a través del campo
in the countryen el campo
to live off the countryvivir de lo que produce la tierra
4. (no pl) (= terrain, land) → terreno m, tierra f
this is good fishing countryésta es buena tierra para la pesca
unknown country (also fig) → terreno desconocido
mountainous countryregión f montañosa
there is some lovely country further southmás al sur el paisaje es muy bonito
B. CPD country and western (music) Nmúsica f country, música f ranchera(Mex)
country bumpkin N (pej) → patán m, paleto/a m/f
country club Nclub m campestre
country cottage Ncasita f (en el campo)
country cousin N (fig) → pueblerino/a m/f
country dance Nbaile m regional
country dancing Ndanza f folklórica
country dweller Npersona f que vive en el campo
country folk NPLgente f del campo
country gentleman Nhacendado m
country house Ncasa f de campo, quinta f; (= farm) → finca f (esp LAm), rancho m (Mex)
country life Nvida f campestre or del campo
country mile N to miss sth by a country mile (US) → quedarse a una legua de algo
country music N = country and western (music) country park Nparque m
country people NPL = country folk country road Ncamino m vecinal
country seat Ncasa f solariega, hacienda f (LAm)

country [ˈkʌntri]
n
(= state) → pays m
the border between the two countries → la frontière entre les deux pays
this country (= Britain) → ce pays
to go to the country (British) (= call an election) → appeler le pays aux urnes
to travel across country (across the whole the country)traverser le pays
(= native land) → patrie f
(as opposed to town)campagne f
in the country → à la campagne
I live in the country → J'habite à la campagne.
to travel across country (avoiding towns)emprunter les routes de campagne
(= region) → région f, pays m
mountainous country → pays de montagne, région montagneuse
modif [area] → de campagne; [pub] → dans la campagne
country-and-western [ˌkʌntriəndˈwɛstərn]
n (= music) → musique f country
modif [band, music, singer] → country
country club nclub à la campagne)m de loisirs >
country dance ndanse f folklorique
country dancing n (British)danse f folklorique
country house n (British)manoir m
country lane nchemin m

country
n
(= state)Land nt; (= people also)Volk nt; his own countryseine Heimat; to die for one’s countryfür sein Land sterben; to go to the countryNeuwahlen ausschreiben
no pl (as opposed to town) → Land nt; (= scenery, countryside also)Landschaft f; in/to the countryauf dem/aufs Land; the surrounding countrydas umliegende Land, die Umgebung; this is good hunting/fishing countrydas ist eine gute Jagd-/Fischgegend; this is mining countrydies ist ein Bergbaugebiet; we’re back in familiar country again (fig)wir befinden uns wieder auf vertrautem Boden

country in cpdsLand-;
country and western
nCountry-und-Western-Musik f
country-and-western
adjCountry- und Western-
country-born
country-bred
country bumpkin
n (pej)Bauerntölpel (inf), → Bauer (pej inf) m; (= girl)Bauerntrampel nt (inf)
country club
n Klub auf dem Lande
country code
n
(= telephone prefix)Landeskennzahl f, → internationale Vorwahl
(Brit: = set of rules) → Verhaltenskodex mfür Besucher auf dem Lande
country cousin
nVetter m/Base fvom Lande
country dance
nVolkstanz m
country dancing
nVolkstanz m; to go countryzum Volkstanz gehen
country dweller
nLandbewohner(in) m(f)
country folk
plLeute plvom Lande
country gentleman
nLandbesitzer m
country gentry
plLandadel m
country house
nLandhaus nt
country life
ndas Landleben, das Leben auf dem Lande
countryman
n
(= compatriot)Landsmann m; his fellow countrymenseine Landsleute
(= country dweller)Landmann m
country mile
n (US inf) to miss something by a countryetw um Längen verpassen
country music
nCountrymusik f
country people
plLeute plvom Land(e)
country road
nLandstraße f
country seat
nLandsitz m
countryside
n (= scenery)Landschaft f, → Gegend f; (= rural area)Land nt; it’s beautiful countrydas ist eine herrliche Landschaft or Gegend; to live in the middle of the countrymitten auf dem Land leben
Countryside Commission
country town
nKleinstadt f
country-wide
countrywoman
n
(= compatriot)Landsmännin f
(= country dweller)Landfrau f

country [ˈkʌntrɪ]
1. n
a. (gen) → paese m; (native land) → patria
to go to the country (Pol) → indire le elezioni
to die for one's country → morire per la patria
b. (as opposed to town) → campagna; (terrain, land) → territorio; (region) → regione f
in the country → in campagna
there is some lovely country further south → ci sono delle campagne bellissime più a sud
mountainous country → territorio montagnoso
unknown country (also) (fig) → terra sconosciuta
2. adj (life, road) → di campagna

country (ˈkantri) plural ˈcountries noun
1. any of the nations of the world; the land occupied by a nation. Canada is a larger country than Spain.
2. the people of a country. The whole country is in agreement with your views.
3. (usually with the) districts where there are fields, moors etc as opposed to towns and areas with many buildings. a quiet holiday in the country; (also adjective) country districts.
4. an area or stretch of land. hilly country.
country dance
a (style of) dance in which partners are arranged in parallel lines.
ˈcountrymanfeminine ˈcountrywoman noun
a person born in the same country as another. Churchill and Chamberlain were fellow countrymen.
ˈcountryside noun
country areas. the English countryside.

country بَلَد , رِيف venkov , země land , landet Land ύπαιθρος , χώρα campo , país maa , maaseutu campagne , pays selo , zemlja campagna , nazione , 田舎 나라 land , platteland land , landsbygd kraj , wieś campo , país сельская местность , страна land , landet ชนบท , ประเทศ taşra , ülke đất nước , nước 农村 , 国家


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The Town Mouse rather turned up his long nose at this country fare, and said: "I cannot understand, Cousin, how you can put up with such poor food as this, but of course you cannot expect anything better in the country; come you with me and I will show you how to live.
I do not know a place in the country that is equal to Netherfield.
That young men travel under some tutor, or grave servant, I allow well; so that he be such a one that hath the language, and hath been in the country before; whereby he may be able to tell them what things are worthy to be seen, in the country where they go; what acquaintances they are to seek; what exercises, or discipline, the place yieldeth.
 
 
 
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