country Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"country" in British English

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countrynoun

uk   us   /ˈkʌn.tri/

country noun (POLITICAL UNIT)

A1 [C] an ​area of ​land that has ​its own ​government, ​army, etc.: What 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.the country C2 all the ​people who ​live in a country: The ​whole country ​celebrated the ​signing of the ​peacetreaty.
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country noun (NATURAL LAND)

A2 [S or U] land that is not in ​towns, ​cities, or ​industrialareas and is either used for ​farming or ​left in ​itsnaturalcondition: He ​lives out in the country ​somewhere. Would you ​prefer to ​live in the country ​instead of a ​town? Country ​life isn't always as ​peaceful as city-dwellers ​think. It's often ​quicker to ​travel across country and ​avoid the ​majorroadscompletely.
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country noun (PARTICULAR AREA)

[U] an ​area of ​landconsidered in ​relation to a ​particularfeature: Stratford-upon-Avon is the ​capital of Shakespeare country. The ​emptyroads make this ​area good ​cycling country.

country noun (MUSIC)

(Definition of country from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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countrynoun

 us   /ˈkʌn·tri/

country noun (POLITICAL UNIT)

[C] an ​area of ​land that ​forms an ​independentpoliticalunit with ​its own ​government; a ​nationconsidered esp. as a ​place: Cuba is my ​native country, but I now ​live in Florida.

country noun (NATURAL LAND)

[U] land that is not in ​towns, ​cities, or ​industrialareas and is either used for ​farming or ​left in ​itsnaturalcondition: I’m ​spending next ​weekend in the country with a ​friend.
(Definition of country from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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