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n., pl. -tries,
- 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."
A country is one of the political areas that the world is divided into.
Land that is away from towns and cities is the country.
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'.
Land that is away from towns and cities can also be called the countryside.
Countryside can be used without 'the' when it is used after an adjective.
|Noun||1.||country - 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
ally - a friendly nation
|2.||country - 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)
country of origin, fatherland, homeland, mother country, motherland, native land - the country where you were born
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
South American country, South American nation - any one of the countries occupying the South American continent
sultanate - country or territory ruled by a sultan
|3.||country - 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"
|4.||country - an area outside of cities and towns; "his poetry celebrated the slower pace of life in the country"|
geographic area, geographic region, geographical area, geographical region - a demarcated area of the Earth
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); "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, bedground, bed-ground - 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
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
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
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
countryside city, town, metropolis
CountriesAfghanistan, 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
to go to the country (Brit) (Pol) → convocar a elecciones generales
to die for one's country → morir por la patria
love of country → amor a la patria
we had to leave the road and go across country → tuvimos que dejar la carretera e ir a través del campo
in the country → en el campo
to live off the country → vivir de lo que produce la tierra
country bumpkin N (pej) → patán m, paleto/a m/f
country club N → club m campestre
country cottage N → casita f (en el campo)
country cousin N (fig) → pueblerino/a m/f
country dance N → baile m regional
country dancing N → danza f folklórica
country dweller N → persona f que vive en el campo
country folk NPL → gente f del campo
country gentleman N → hacendado m
country house N → casa f de campo, quinta f; (= farm) → finca f (esp LAm), rancho m (Mex)
country life N → vida 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 N → parque m
country people NPL = country folk country road N → camino m vecinal
country seat N → casa f solariega, hacienda f (LAm)
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
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
countryin cpds → Land-;
to go to the country (Pol) → indire le elezioni
to die for one's country → morire per la patria