1. Pertaining to the regions remote from a city; rural; rustic; as, a country life; a country town; the country party, as opposed to city.
2. Destitute of refinement; rude; unpolished; rustic; not urbane; as, country manners.
3. Pertaining, or peculiar, to one's own country.
She, bowing herself towards him, laughing the cruel tyrant to scorn, spake in her country language. --2 Macc. vii. 27.
Coun·try n.; pl. Countries
1. A tract of land; a region; the territory of an independent nation; (as distinguished from any other region, and with a personal pronoun) the region of one's birth, permanent residence, or citizenship.
Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred. --Gen. xxxxii. 9.
I might have learned this by my last exile,
that change of countries cannot change my state. --Stirling.
Many a famous realm
And country, whereof here needs no account --Milton.
2. Rural regions, as opposed to a city or town.
As they walked, on their way into the country. --Mark xvi. 12 (Rev. Ver. ).
God made the covatry, and man made the town. --Cowper.
Only very great men were in the habit of dividing the year between town and country. --Macaulay.
3. The inhabitants or people of a state or a region; the populace; the public. Hence: (a) One's constituents. (b) The whole body of the electors of state; as, to dissolve Parliament and appeal to the country.
All the country in a general voice
Cried hate upon him. --Shak.
4. Law (a) A jury, as representing the citizens of a country. (b) The inhabitants of the district from which a jury is drawn.
5. Mining. The rock through which a vein runs.
Conclusion to the country. See under Conclusion.
To put one's self upon the country, or To throw one's self upon the country, to appeal to one's constituents; to stand trial before a jury.
n 1: the territory occupied by a nation; "he returned to the land
of his birth"; "he visited several European countries"
[syn: state, land]
2: a politically organized body of people under a single
government; "the state has elected a new president";
"African nations"; "students who had come to the nation's
capitol"; "the country's largest manufacturer"; "an
industrialized land" [syn: state, nation, land, commonwealth,
res publica, body politic]
3: the people who live in a nation or country; "a statement
that sums up the nation's mood"; "the news was announced
to the nation"; "the whole country worshipped him" [syn: nation,
land, a people]
4: an area outside of cities and towns; "his poetry celebrated
the slower pace of life in the country" [syn: rural area]
[ant: urban area]
5: a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary
(usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by
its people or culture or geography); "it was a mountainous
area"; "Bible country" [syn: area]