noun, plural countries.
a state or nation: What European countries have you visited?
the territory of a nation.
the people of a district, state, or nation: The whole country backed the president in his decision.
the land of one's birth or citizenship.
rural districts, including farmland, parkland, and other sparsely populated areas, as opposed to cities or towns: Many city dwellers like to spend their vacations in the country.
any considerable territory demarcated by topographical conditions, by a distinctive population, etc.: mountainous country; the Amish country of Pennsylvania.
a tract of land considered apart from any geographical or political limits; region; district.
the public.
Law. the public at large, as represented by a jury.
of, from, or characteristic of the country; rural: a winding country road.
of, pertaining to, or associated with country music: That Nashville station plays country records all day long.
rude; unpolished; rustic: country manners.
of, from, or pertaining to a particular country.
Obsolete. of one's own country.
go to the country, British. to dissolve a Parliament that has cast a majority vote disagreeing with the prime minister and cabinet and to call for the election of a new House of Commons. Also, appeal to the country.
put oneself upon the/one's country, Law. to present one's cause formally before a jury.

1200–50; Middle English cuntree < Anglo-French, Old French < Vulgar Latin *(regiō) contrāta terrain opposite the viewer, equivalent to Latin contr(ā) counter3 + -āta, feminine of -ātus -ate1; compare German Gegend region, derivative of gegen against

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country (ˈkʌntrɪ)
n , pl -tries
1.  a territory distinguished by its people, culture, language, geography, etc
2.  an area of land distinguished by its political autonomy; state
3.  the people of a territory or state: the whole country rebelled
4.  an area associated with a particular person: Burns country
5.  Related: pastoral, rural
 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.  short for country music
7.  archaic a particular locality or district
8.  up country away from the coast or the capital
9.  one's native land or nation of citizenship
10.  informal (Brit) the country 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.  chiefly (Brit) go to the country, appeal to the country to dissolve Parliament and hold an election
14.  unknown country an unfamiliar topic, place, matter, etc
Related: pastoral, rural
[C13: from Old French contrée, from Medieval Latin contrāta, literally: that which lies opposite, from Latin contrā opposite]

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Word Origin & History

mid-13c., from O.Fr. cuntree, from V.L. *(terra) contrata "(land) lying opposite," or "(land) spread before one," from L. contra "opposite, against" (see contra). To Eng. as "district," narrowed 1520s to rural areas, as opposed to cities. Replaced O.E. land. Countrified is
from 1650s. First record of country-and-western music style is from 1959. Country club first recorded 1894.
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Example sentences
In the age-old cultural ebb and flow between city and country, the city has
  made a remarkable turnaround.
Every nation has violent loners, and they tend to have remarkably similar
  profiles from one country and culture to the next.
The country still has a vast problem with rural and urban poverty, and a
  collapsing education system.
Why don't you compare total taxes payed for each country.
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