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Country appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Mrs Hunt had a country cut front
    in the front of her country cut pettycoat.

Usage statistics for the noun country:

spoken English33.72%written English66.28% conversational speech23%task-oriented speech77% imaginative writing22.25%informational writing77.75%
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The word country is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun country

What does country mean as a name of something?

Country is one of the top 50 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 50 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: countries

  1. a politically organized body of people under a single government
  2. the territory occupied by a nation
  3. the people who live in a nation or country
  4. an area outside of cities and towns
  5. a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography)
    • example: Bible country
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • synonym of country: area
    • more generic word: region = a large indefinite location on the surface of the Earth
    • more specific terms:
      • arena = the central area of an ancient Roman amphitheater where contests and spectacles were held
      • high country = an area lying above the piedmont but below the timberline
      • bed ground / bed-ground / bedground = an area on which a drove of cattle or sheep can sleep for a night
      • broadcast area = the area over which a radio or tv transmission can be received
      • center / centre / middle / heart / eye = an area that is approximately central within some larger region
      • corner = a place off to the side of an area
      • corner = a remote area
      • disaster area = a region whose population is affected by a general disaster
      • stamping ground / hangout / repair / resort / haunt = a frequently visited place
      • fireside / hearth = an area near a fireplace
      • hunting ground = an area in which game is hunted
      • no-go area = an area that is dangerous or impossible to enter or to which entry is forbidden
      • no man's land = an unoccupied area between the front lines of opposing armies
      • quadrant = the area enclosed by two perpendicular radii of a circle
      • quadrant = any of the four areas into which a plane is divided by two orthogonal coordinate axes
      • rain shadow = an area that has little precipitation because some barrier causes the winds to lose their moisture before reaching it
      • staging area = an area where troops and equipment in transit are assembled before a military operation
      • clear / open = a clear or unobstructed space or expanse of land or water
      • free port / free zone = an area adjoining a port where goods that are intended for reshipment can be received and stored without payment of duties
      • anchorage ground / anchorage = place for vessels to anchor
      • vacation spot / resort area / playground = an area where many people go for recreation
      • city block / block = a rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings
      • neighborhood = an area within a city or town that has some distinctive features
      • retreat = a place of privacy
      • refuge / safety = a safe place
      • danger = a dangerous place
      • scene = the place where some action occurs
      • section = a distinct region or subdivision of a territorial or political area or community or group of people
      • shrubbery = an area where a number of shrubs are planted
      • space = an area reserved for some particular purpose
      • tank farm = an area used exclusively for storing petroleum in large tanks
      • trouble spot = a place where trouble exists or occurs regularly
      • winner's circle = a small area at a racecourse where awards are given to the owners of winning horses
    • instance: Bermuda Triangle = an area in the western Atlantic Ocean where many ships and planes are supposed to have been mysteriously lost

Alternative definition of the noun country


  1. An area of land; a district, region. [definition from 13th c.]
  2. A set region of land having particular human occupation or agreed limits, especially inhabited by members of the same race, language speakers etc., or associated with a given person, occupation, species etc. [definition from 13th c.]
  3. The territory of a nation, especially an independent nation state or formerly independent nation; a political entity asserting ultimate authority over a geographical area. [definition from 14th c.]
  4. [context: usually preceded by “the”] A rural area, as opposed to a town or city; the countryside. [definition from 16th c.]
  5. Country music. [definition from 20th c.]

Definition of the adjective country

What does country mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more country / most country

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


Who is Country?

Country a.k.a. Winston Marshall is a member of the musical group Mumford & Sons. He appeared on the documentary film Big Easy Express.


  1. Country music is a genre of American popular music that originated in Southern United States, in Atlanta, Georgia in the 1920s. It takes its roots from the southeastern genre of American folk music and Western music. Blues modes have been used extensively throughout its recorded history. Country music often consists of ballads and dance tunes with generally simple forms and harmonies accompanied by mostly string instruments such as banjos, electric and acoustic guitars, fiddles, and harmonicas. The term country music gained popularity in the 1940s in preference to the earlier term hillbilly music; it came to encompass Western music, which evolved parallel to hillbilly music from similar roots, in the mid-20th century. The term country music is used today to describe many styles and sub genres. The origins of country music are the folk music of mostly white, working-class Americans, who blended popular songs, Irish and Celtic fiddle tunes, traditional ballads, and cowboy songs, and various musical traditions from European immigrant communities.
  2. "Country" is a compilation album by Anne Murray issued in 1974 on Capitol Records. The album peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and number 32 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart.
    • genre: Country
    • released in (41 years ago)
  3. "Country" is a composition.


"Country" was the first book published by Rolling Stone magazine critic Nick Tosches. Released in 1977 under the title Country: The Biggest Music in America, it was retitled in later editions as Country: Living Legends and Dying Metaphors in America's Biggest Music and Country: The Twisted Roots of Rock and Roll.

  • also known as "Country: the twisted roots of rock 'n' roll"
  • genre: Music
  • subjects: Music, Literature, Bluegrass, Cultural studies, United States of America, Country, Rock music


  1. "Country" is a 1984 American film which follows the trials and tribulations of a rural family as they struggle to hold onto their farm during the trying economic times experienced by family farms in 1980s America. The film was written by William D. Wittliff and stars real-life couple Jessica Lange and Sam Shepard. The film was directed by Richard Pearce and was shot on location in Dunkerton and Readlyn Iowa and at Burbank's Walt Disney Studios.
  2. "Country" is a 2000 drama film written and directed by Kevin Liddy.


  1. The country of this address.
  2. The country the athlete competed for in these games.
  3. The country in which the party operates. This is important to list because many there are many parties with similar names operating in different countries.
  4. The country this competitor or team was competing for. Leave blank if competitors in this tournament compete as individuals, rather than as representatives of a country.
  5. The country of the competitor.

Phrases with Country

Phrases starting with the word Country:

  1. Country pop
  2. Country Beam
  3. country club
  4. Country code
  5. Country Mile
  6. Country park
  7. country seat
  8. Country Wife
  9. country-bred

Phrases ending with the word Country:

  1. X-Country
  2. up-country
  3. Alt-Country
  4. old country
  5. back country
  6. high country
  7. Home Country
  8. Pure Country
  9. west country
  10. asian country
  11. Basel-Country

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Printed books with definitions for Country

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Google previewNo country is an energy island (2013)

securing investment for the EU's future, 14th report of session 2012-13 by Great Britain: Parliament: House of Lords: European Union Committee


Google previewOECD Survey of Upper Secondary Schools Technical Report (2004)

Technical Report by OECD

Country means and standard deviations on the ...

Google previewOmnibus Films: Theorizing Transauthorial Cinema (2014)

by David Scott Diffrient

Despite its creators' good intentions, however, It's a Big Country was not received favorably by the contemporaneous press. A reviewer at Time magazine complained, “It's a Big Country is an omnibus film, possibly produced on the theory that ...

Online dictionaries and encyclopedias with entries for Country

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Usage statistics about country

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun country:

spoken English33.72%written English66.28% conversational speech23%task-oriented speech77% imaginative writing22.25%informational writing77.75%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun country:


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Quotes about Country

I got to where I couldn't listen to country radio. Country music is supposed to have steel and fiddle. When I hear country music, it should be country. (Gretchen Wilson)
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Scrabble value of C3O1U1N1T1R1Y4

The value of this 7-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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