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Inflections of 'country' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.): nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors.": countries

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
coun•try /ˈkʌntri/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  -tries, adj. 
  1. Government a state or nation:[countable]European countries.
  2. Government the territory or land of a nation:[countable]the country of France.
  3. Government the people of a district, state, or nation:[countable]That whole country hates foreigners.
  4. Government[countable] the land of one's birth or citizenship.
  5. Government rural districts, as opposed to cities or towns:[countable;  singular: the + ~]We both grew up in the country.
  6. Government an area marked by certain characteristics, etc.:[uncountable]Pennsylvania Dutch country.
  7. Music and Dance country music.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. of, from, or characteristic of the country:a country boy.
  2. of or relating to country music:a country singer.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
coun•try  (kuntrē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -tries, adj. 
  1. Governmenta state or nation:What European countries have you visited?
  2. Governmentthe territory of a nation.
  3. Governmentthe people of a district, state, or nation:The whole country backed the president in his decision.
  4. Governmentthe land of one's birth or citizenship.
  5. Governmentrural districts, including farmland, parkland, and other sparsely populated areas, as opposed to cities or towns:Many city dwellers like to spend their vacations in the country.
  6. Governmentany considerable territory demarcated by topographical conditions, by a distinctive population, etc.:mountainous country; the Amish country of Pennsylvania.
  7. Governmenta tract of land considered apart from any geographical or political limits;
  8. Governmentthe public.
  9. Lawthe public at large, as represented by a jury.
  10. Music and DanceSee  country music. 
  11. Government, British Terms, Idiomsgo to the country, [Brit.]to dissolve a Parliament that has cast a majority vote disagreeing with the prime minister and cabinet and to call for the election of a new House of Commons. Also,  appeal to the country. 
  12. put oneself upon the or  one's  country, [Law.]to present one's cause formally before a jury.

  1. of, from, or characteristic of the country;
    rural:a winding country road.
  2. Music and Danceof, pertaining to, or associated with country music:That Nashville station plays country records all day long.
  3. rude;
    rustic:country manners.
  4. of, from, or pertaining to a particular country.
  5. [Obs.]of one's own country.
  • Vulgar Latin *(regiō) contrāta terrain opposite the viewer, equivalent. to Latin contr(ā) counter3 + -āta, feminine of -ātus -ate1; compare German Gegend region, derivative of gegen against
  • Anglo-French, Old French
  • Middle English cuntree 1200–50

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
country /ˈkʌntrɪ/ n ( pl -tries)
  1. a territory distinguished by its people, culture, language, geography, etc
  2. an area of land distinguished by its political autonomy; state
  3. the people of a territory or state
  4. the part of the land that is away from cities or industrial areas; rural districts
  5. (as modifier): country cottage
  6. Related adjective(s): pastoral, rural
  7. short for country music
  8. up countryaway from the coast or the capital
  9. one's native land or nation of citizenship
  10. across countrynot keeping to roads, etc
  11. go to the country, appeal to the countrychiefly Brit to dissolve Parliament and hold an election
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French contrée, from Medieval Latin contrāta, literally: that which lies opposite, from Latin contrā opposite
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