Meaning of “country” - Learner’s Dictionary

country

noun us uk /ˈkʌntri/
Extra Examples
an impoverished countrya country at warHe is forbidden from leaving the country.He is among the top five tennis players in the country.They live in the far south of the country.

A1 [ C ] an area of land that has its own government, army, etc:

European countries
the country

A2 the areas that are away from towns and cities

the people who live in a country:

The country was shocked by the President's decision.

(Definition of “country noun” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)