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township

[toun-ship]
noun
1.
a unit of local government, usually a subdivision of a county, found in most midwestern and northeastern states of the U.S. and in most Canadian provinces.
2.
(in U.S. surveys of public land) a region or district approximately 6 miles square (93.2 sq. km), containing 36 sections.
3.
English History.
a.
one of the local divisions or districts of a large parish, each containing a village or small town, usually with a church of its own.
b.
the manor, parish, etc., itself.
c.
its inhabitants.
4.
a.
a small town or settlement serving as the business center of a rural area.
b.
the business center of a town or suburb.
5.
(in South Africa) a segregated residential settlement for blacks, located outside a city or town.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English tounship community, Old English tūnscipe village community. See town, -ship

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township (ˈtaʊnʃɪp)
 
n
1.  a small town
2.  (in the Scottish Highlands and islands) a small crofting community
3.  (in the US and Canada) a territorial area, esp a subdivision of a county: often organized as a unit of local government
4.  Compare location (formerly, in South Africa) a planned urban settlement of Black Africans or Coloured people
5.  English history
 a.  any of the local districts of a large parish, each division containing a village or small town
 b.  the particular manor or parish itself as a territorial division
 c.  the inhabitants of a township collectively

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township
O.E. tunscipe "inhabitants or population of a town." Applied in M.E. to "manor, parish, or other division of a hundred." Specific sense of "local division or district in a parish, each with a village or small town and its own church" is from 1540; as a local municipal division of a county in U.S. and
Canada, first recorded 1685.
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