Meaning of “country” - Learner’s Dictionary

country

noun uk us /ˈkʌntri/

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)