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[kuhn-tree-sahyd] /ˈkʌn triˌsaɪd/
a particular section of a country, especially a rural section.
its inhabitants.
Origin of countryside
1615-25; country + side1 Unabridged
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  • Afterward, I found that the incident was well-known about the countryside; but always regarded more as a legend than as history.

    Carnacki, The Ghost Finder William Hope Hodgson
  • He began to speculate on the future of the countryside when the Gaelic revival was complete.

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • I expect we'll be more welcome there than we have been, out here in the countryside.

    Despoilers of the Golden Empire Gordon Randall Garrett
  • All the folks of the countryside have told me that it is forbidden.'

  • There isn't a quarer o' this countryside, as hea't be; an' there's some crumpers amoon th' lot.

    Lancashire Sketches Edwin Waugh
British Dictionary definitions for countryside


a rural area or its population
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for countryside

mid-15c., literally "one side of a country" (a valley, a mountain range, etc.), from country + side (n.); hence, "any tract of land having a natural unity" (1727).

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