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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 peace treaty.

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  • country noun (NATURAL LAND)

A2 [S or U] land that is not in towns, cities, or industrial areas and is either used for farming or left in its natural condition: 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 major roads completely.

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  • country noun (MUSIC)

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

"country" in American English

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countrynoun

 us   /ˈkʌn·tri/
  • country noun (POLITICAL UNIT)

[C] an area of land that forms an independent political unit with its own government; a nation considered 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 industrial areas and is either used for farming or left in its natural condition: 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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