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
Born in an American Stalinist medical facility**** to foreign parents, he spent his early years nomadically, drifting from country to country***** as his feckless father moved the family in search of lasting employment******.
As a result of the serious work that the Government, Parliament, the general public and the judiciary have done since 1994 to place our country on path of fundamental social transformation, the Government is firmly of the view that, substantially, we have elaborated the policy, legislative and constitutional base that will enable us to achieve the transformation of our country
At another time, when we were spending the summer at our country place, near the city, another citizen of the auld country presented himself and asked for work.
Taking all these circumstances into view, it is not going too far to assert, that on equal fortunes the assessed taxes are _twice as heavy_ in the country as in towns; and that of £3,312,000 which they produce annually, after deducting the land tax, about £2,500,000, is paid by _landowners either in town or country_.
-- While his regiment was in daily expectation of receiving orders for Ireland, some one told him, that country quarters in the sister kingdom were so filthy, that the rich uniforms of his corps would soon be lamentably soiled: 'Let the men act as dragoons, then,' said his royal highness, 'and _scour the country_.'
I do know that they have done all that in them lay that they might have no country, that all the honors, associations, memories, and hopes which belong to country might be broken up into little shreds and distributed to the winds.
Abd-el-Hafid, proclaimed Sultan at Fez, was recognized by the whole country, but he found himself unable to cope with the factious tribes (those outside the Blad-el-Makhzen, or _governed country_).
_ The difference between this motto of the _Liberator_ and that of the _Free Press_: _Our country, our whole country, and nothing but our country_ -- measures the greatness of the revolution which had taken place in the young editor.
We love our country because it is _our country_; our home because it is _home_: London or Paris we may prefer, as comprehending in themselves, all the intellectual pleasures, and luxuries of life: but, dear Italy!
"_That the country of D'Elmina, which was formerly very powerful and populous, was in his time so much drained of its inhabitants by the intestine wars fomented amongst the Negroes by the Dutch, that there did not remain inhabitants enough to till the country_."