[kuhn-tree] /ˈkʌn tri/
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.
Law. the public at large, as represented by a jury.
of, from, or characteristic of the country; rural:
a winding country road.
of, relating to, or associated with :
That Nashville station plays country records all day long.
rude; unpolished; rustic:
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.
noun (pl) -tries
a territory distinguished by its people, culture, language, geography, etc
an area of land distinguished by its political autonomy; state
the people of a territory or state: the whole country rebelled
an area associated with a particular person: Burns country
related adjective pastoral rural
short for country music
(archaic) a particular locality or district
up country, away from the coast or the capital
one’s native land or nation of citizenship
(Brit, informal) the country, the outlying area or area furthest from the finish of a sports ground or racecourse
(modifier) rough; uncouth; rustic: country manners
across country, not keeping to roads, etc
(mainly Brit) go to the country, appeal to the country, to dissolve Parliament and hold an election
unknown country, an unfamiliar topic, place, matter, etc
mid-13c., “district, native land,” from Old French contree, from Vulgar Latin *(terra) contrata “(land) lying opposite,” or “(land) spread before one,” from Latin contra “opposite, against” (see contra-). Sense narrowed 1520s to rural areas, as opposed to cities. Replaced Old English land. As an adjective from late 14c. First record of country-and-western music style is from 1942. Country club first recorded 1886. Country mile “a long way” is from 1915, American English.
Quite competent; reliable: He’s a prettygood country ball player; gets his pitches over the plate •The phrase is meant as moderate yet distinct praise of a person who might not be as spectacular as a big-city performer
another country heard from
[kuhn-truh-fahyd] /ˈkʌn trəˌfaɪd/ adjective 1. rustic or rural in appearance, conduct, etc.: a countrified person; a countrified area amid the suburbs. 2. not sophisticated or cosmopolitan; provincial. [kuhn-truh-fahy] /ˈkʌn trəˌfaɪ/ verb (used with object), countrified, countrifying. 1. to make . /ˈkʌntrɪˌfaɪd/ adjective 1. in the style, manners, etc, of the country; rural adj. 1650s, from […]
[kuhn-truh-fahy] /ˈkʌn trəˌfaɪ/ verb (used with object), countrified, countrifying. 1. to make .
[kuhn-tree-uh n-wes-tern] /ˈkʌn tri ənˈwɛs tərn/ noun 1. .
- Country and western music
Popular music originating in the southeastern and southwestern United States. Its lyrics depict the trials and successes of everyday life. The Grand Ole Opry, located in Nashville, Tennessee, helped to broaden its audience through radio.