a division of territory, as of a country, state, or county, marked off for administrative, electoral, or other purposes.
a region or locality: the theater district; the Lake District.
British. a subdivision of a county or a town.
the District, the District of Columbia; Washington, D.C.
verb (used with object)
to divide into districts.

1605–15; (< F) < Medieval Latin distrīctus exercise of justice, (area of) jurisdiction, derivative of Latin distringere to stretch out (see distrain), equivalent to di- di-2 + strig- (base of stringere to bind, tie) + -tus suffix of verbal action

interdistrict, adjective
outdistrict, noun
predistrict, noun
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district (ˈdɪstrɪkt)
1.  a.  an area of land marked off for administrative or other purposes
 b.  (as modifier): district nurse
2.  a locality separated by geographical attributes; region
3.  any subdivision of any territory, region, etc
4.  See also metropolitan district (in England from 1974 and in Wales 1974--96) any of the subdivisions of the nonmetropolitan counties that elects a council responsible for local planning, housing, rates, etc
5.  (in Scotland until 1975) a landward division of a county
6.  (in Scotland 1975--96) any of the subdivisions of the regions that elected a council responsible for environmental health services, housing, etc
7.  any of the 26 areas into which Northern Ireland has been divided since 1973. Elected district councils are responsible for environmental health services, etc
8.  (tr) to divide into districts
[C17: from Medieval Latin districtus area of jurisdiction, from Latin distringere to stretch out; see distrain]

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Word Origin & History

1611, from Fr. district, from M.L. districtus "restraining of offenders, jurisdiction," then under the feudal system "area of jurisdiction," from pp. stem of L. distringere "hinder, detain" (see distress).
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