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country definition

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This page has 15 definitions of country with English translations in 8 languages. Country is a noun and adjective. Examples of how to use country in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

English country definition

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Middle English contre, contree, borrowed from Old French contree, from Vulgar Latin (terra) contrāta ((land) lying opposite; (land) spread before), derived from Latin contra (against, opposite). Cognate with Scots kintra.

Pronunciation

Noun

country (plural countries)

  1. (chiefly British) An area of land; a district, region. [from 13th c.]
    • 2010, David Vann, The Observer, 7 Mar 2010:
      We walk along flat, open country, red dirt and spinifex grass, a few short trees [].
  2. A set region of land having particular human occupation or agreed limits, especially inhabited by members of the same race, speakers of the same language etc., or associated with a given person, occupation, species etc. [from 13th c.]
    • 2007, Chris Moss, The Guardian, 17 Feb 2007:
      This is condor country - the only region this far east where you can see the magnificent vulture - and a small national park straddling the passes, El Condorito, is a good stopover for walkers and birders.
  3. The territory of a nation, especially an independent nation state or formerly independent nation; a political entity asserting ultimate authority over a geographical area; a sovereign state. [from 14th c.]
    • 1935, George Goodchild, chapter 5, in Death on the Centre Court:
      By one o'clock the place was choc-a-bloc. […] The restaurant was packed, and the promenade between the two main courts and the subsidiary courts was thronged with healthy-looking youngish people, drawn to the Mecca of tennis from all parts of the country.
    • 1994, Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus 2010, page 3:
      It is a beautiful country of rolling hills, fertile valleys, and a thousand rivers and streams which keep the landscape green even in winter.
    • 2010, The Economist, 3 Feb 2011:
      These days corporate Germany looks rather different. Volkswagen, the country’s leading carmaker, wants to be the world’s biggest by 2018.
    • 2013 June 22, “T time”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8841, page 68:
      The ability to shift profits to low-tax countries by locating intellectual property in them, which is then licensed to related businesses in high-tax countries, is often assumed to be the preserve of high-tech companies.
  4. (uncountable, usually preceded by “the”) A rural area, as opposed to a town or city; the countryside. [from 16th c.]
  5. Ellipsis of country music [from 20th c.]
    a country song
    a country singer
    a country festival
  6. (mining) The rock through which a vein runs.

Usage notes

The geographical sense of "country" usually refers to a sovereign state, that is, a nation with no administrative dependence on another one, which is the definition adopted in most world maps. In a broader sense, however, "country" may also refer to nations with some degree of autonomy and cultural identity but still under the sovereignty of another state. Examples of the latter include Scotland, Tibet, Abkhazia, and Greenland.

Hyponyms

Hyponyms of country (noun)

Derived terms

Terms derived from country (noun)

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Adjective

country (not comparable)

  1. From or in the countryside or connected with it.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, in The Celebrity:
      When this conversation was repeated in detail within the hearing of the young woman in question, and undoubtedly for his benefit, Mr. Trevor threw shame to the winds and scandalized the Misses Brewster then and there by proclaiming his father to have been a country storekeeper.
  2. Of or connected to country music.

Translations

References

  • country at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • country in Keywords for Today: A 21st Century Vocabulary, edited by The Keywords Project, Colin MacCabe, Holly Yanacek, 2018.
  • "country" in Raymond Williams, Keywords (revised), 1983, Fontana Press, page 81.
  • country in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

Finnish country definition

Alternative forms

Etymology

Unadapted borrowing from English country.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈkɑntri/, [ˈkɑn̪t̪ri]

Noun

country

  1. country music

Declension

Inflection of country (Kotus type 1/valo, no gradation)
nominative country
genitive countryn
partitive countrya
illative countryyn
singular plural
nominative country
accusative nom. country
gen. countryn
genitive countryn
partitive countrya
inessive countryssa
elative countrysta
illative countryyn
adessive countrylla
ablative countrylta
allative countrylle
essive countryna
translative countryksi
instructive
abessive countrytta
comitative
Possessive forms of country (type valo)
possessor singular plural
1st person countryni countrymme
2nd person countrysi countrynne
3rd person countrynsa

Synonyms


French country definition

Etymology

From English. Doublet of contrée.

Pronunciation

Noun

country m (uncountable)

  1. country music

Italian country definition

Etymology

From English.

Noun

country m (invariable)

  1. (music) country music

Polish country definition

Etymology

From English country music.

Pronunciation

Noun

country n (indeclinable)

  1. country, country music

Derived terms

  • (adjectives) country'owy, countrowy

Further reading

  • country in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • country in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Portuguese country definition

Etymology

Borrowed from English country.

The pronunciation reflects the incorrect belief that the <oun> represents /aʊn/ in the English etymon.

Pronunciation

Noun

country m (uncountable)

  1. country music

Spanish country definition

Etymology

English. Doublet of contrada.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈkantɾi/, [ˈkãn̪.t̪ɾi]

Noun

country m (uncountable)

  1. country music

Swedish country definition

Etymology

From English

Noun

country c (uncountable)

  1. country music

Declension

Declension of country 
Uncountable
Indefinite Definite
Nominative country countryn
Genitive countrys countryns