coun•try(kun′trē),USA pronunciationn., pl.-tries,adj. n.
Governmenta state or nation:What European countries have you visited?
Governmentthe territory of a nation.
Governmentthe people of a district, state, or nation:The whole country backed the president in his decision.
Governmentthe land of one's birth or citizenship.
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.
Governmentany considerable territory demarcated by topographical conditions, by a distinctive population, etc.:mountainous country; the Amish country of Pennsylvania.
Governmenta tract of land considered apart from any geographical or political limits; region; district.
Lawthe public at large, as represented by a jury.
Music and DanceSee country music.
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.
put oneself upon the or one'scountry,[Law.]to present one's cause formally before a jury.
of, from, or characteristic of the country; rural:a winding country road.
Music and Danceof, pertaining to, or associated with country music:That Nashville station plays country records all day long.
rude; unpolished; rustic:country manners.
of, from, or pertaining to a particular country.
[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 gegenagainst