Definition of “country” - English Dictionary

“country” in English

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countrynoun

us uk /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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(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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The number of seats allocated to each country is determined through a system of degressive proportionality on the basis of the country' s population.
Each country has structures to protect its citizens and undertakings internationally and for this reason there are specific mechanisms which we all use every day in our international action.
I also note that you insist that indications of origin must state the country, even if this means listing several countries on the label.
Mentioning the relevant country, region, town, village, and so on and so forth, is fine but let the consumer decide where he wants to buy the product.
You cannot, in the case of displaced persons whose main concern is to return to their homeland, require that the host country integrate them into the labour market.
However, we cannot accept amendments such as those that refer to the issue of costing water, granted that in my country a high proportion of the users are farmers.
We are now endeavouring, at huge cost, to get the country back on its feet again and help its people, and rightly so.
At present, the aid organisations are severely hampered in their work by the insecurity which prevails in the northern and eastern provinces of the country.
As of next year, those in power in my country want there to be full and unconditional access to all log-files and exchanged electronic messages from every single computer.
Displaced persons, on the other hand, have been driven out en masse and against their will and want to return to their home country.