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country

Definition of country

Etymology

    Middle English contree, contre, from Old French contrée, from Vulgar Latin (terra) contrata ("(land) lying opposite; (land) spread before"), derived from contra ("against, opposite").

Pronunciation

Noun

country (plural countries)

  1. A nation state, a political entity asserting ultimate authority over a geographical area.

    Australia is both a country and a continent.

  2. A former independent nation state (e.g., England or Scotland).
  3. (usually preceded by "the") A rural area, as opposed to a town or city; countryside.

    I come from the country - I'd hate to live in the city now, I'm so used to the woodland and meadows.
    These animals are now found only in the high country.

  4. Short for country music, a genre of popular music that has rural Southern roots and embraces numerous subgenres and styles.

Adjective

country (not comparable)

  1. From the countryside or connected with it.
  2. Of or connected to country music.

References:

  1. Wiktionary. Published under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

Translation of country in Malay

Noun

nation state

  1. negara

Adjective

of, from or pertaining to the countryside

  1. desa



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