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country

noun (POLITICAL UNIT)    /ˈkʌn.tri/
A1 [C] an area of land that has its own government, army, etc.: Which is the largest country in Europe? Sri Lanka is my native country, but I've been living in Belgium for the past five years. The climate is cooler in the east of the country.Country and nationContinents and regions of the worldCountry names the country C2 all the people who live in a country: The whole country celebrated the signing of the peace treaty.Country and nationContinents and regions of the worldCountry names Grammar:Geographical placesSee moreGrammar:Nationalities, languages, countries and regionsWhen we refer to a nation or region, we can use:See more
(Definition of country noun (POLITICAL UNIT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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