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What is a country?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    That Is The Most Pointless Waste Of 5 Points.... But A Country Is:

    coun·try /ˈkʌntri/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[kuhn-tree] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation noun, plural -tries, adjective

    –noun 1. a state or nation: What European countries have you visited?

    2. the territory of a nation.

    3. the people of a district, state, or nation: The whole country backed the president in his decision.

    4. the land of one's birth or citizenship.

    5. 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.

    6. any considerable territory demarcated by topographical conditions, by a distinctive population, etc.: mountainous country; the Amish country of Pennsylvania.

    7. a tract of land considered apart from any geographical or political limits; region; district.

    8. the public.

    9. Law. the public at large, as represented by a jury.

    10. country music.

    –adjective 11. of, from, or characteristic of the country; rural: a winding country road.

    12. of, pertaining to, or associated with country music: That Nashville station plays country records all day long.

    13. rude; unpolished; rustic: country manners.

    14. of, from, or pertaining to a particular country.

    15. Obsolete. of one's own country.

    —Idioms16. 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.

    17. put oneself upon the or one's country, Law. to present one's cause formally before a jury.


    [Origin: 1200–50; ME cuntree < AF, OF < VL *(regiō) contrāta terrain opposite the viewer, equiv. to L contr(ā) counter3 + -āta, fem. of -ātus -ate1; cf. G Gegend region, deriv. of gegen against] Unabridged (v 1.1)

    Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.

    American Heritage Dictionary - Cite This Source coun·try (kŭn'trē) Pronunciation Key

    n. pl. coun·tries

    A nation or state.

    The territory of a nation or state; land.

    The people of a nation or state; populace: The whole country will profit from the new economic reforms.

    The land of a person's birth or citizenship: Foreign travel is restricted in his country.

    A region, territory, or large tract of land distinguishable by features of topography, biology, or culture: hill country; Bible country.

    An area or expanse outside cities and towns; a rural area: a vacation in the country.

    Law A jury.

    Informal Country music.


    Of, relating to, or typical of the country: a country road; country cooking.

    Of or relating to country music.

    [Middle English countre, from Old French contree, from Vulgar Latin *(terra) contrāta, (land) opposite, before, from Latin contrā, opposite; see kom in Indo-European roots.]

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    Online Etymology Dictionary - Cite This Source


    1234, from O.Fr. cuntree, from V.L. *(terra) contrata "(land) lying opposite," or "(land) spread before one," from L. contra "opposite." To Eng. as "district," narrowed 1526 to rural areas, as opposed to cities. Replaced O.E. land. First record of countryside is 1621. Countrified is from 1653. First record of country-and-western music style is from 1959. Country club first recorded 1894.

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2001 Douglas Harper

    WordNet - Cite This Source country


    1. a politically organized body of people under a single government; "the state has elected a new president"; "African nations"; "students who had come to the nation's capitol"; "the country's largest manufacturer"; "an industrialized land" [syn: state]

    2. the territory occupied by a nation; "he returned to the land of his birth"; "he visited several European countries"

    3. the people who live in a nation or country; "a statement that sums up the nation's mood"; "the news was announced to the nation"; "the whole country worshipped him" [syn: nation]

    4. an area outside of cities and towns; "his poetry celebrated the slower pace of life in the country" [ant: populated area]

    5. a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography); "it was a mountainous area"; "Bible country" [syn: area]

  • 1 decade ago

    Typically, it's an independent political entity with no others asserting a controlling authority. For instance, nobody effectively claims to make or enforce laws that supercede or cancel those of the French Parliament; therefore, France is a country.

    There are some fuzzy divisions, depending on history. For instance, the UK makes general laws and policies over England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland, but allows each of the four constituent units (formerly separate countries) a certain degree of independent legislative power. Some consider them four countires in a higher-level union. Other entities in the "gray area" include the former USSR, United Arab Emirates, the European Union, and the United States.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago


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