1. [ noun ] (government,geography) the territory occupied by a nation
Synonyms: state land nation

"he returned to the land of his birth" "he visited several European countries"

Related terms: administrative_district Cuba Soviet_Union Australia fatherland Iceland European_country Philippines Dominican_Republic Turkey Indonesia kingdom Nauru Comoros Sri_Lanka Burkina_Faso Grenada Haiti east_timor Maldives Jamaica African_country Barbados Saint_Vincent_and_the_Grenadines Trinidad_and_Tobago Asian_country buffer_state Samoa Dominica Cyprus democratic_republic_of_sao_tome_and_principe Papua_New_Guinea Bahamas sultanate Fiji Israel North_American_country South_American_country Tonga Malta Mauritius New_Zealand Vanuatu Saint_Christopher-Nevis Saint_Lucia Marshall_Islands Tuvalu Sao_Tome_e_Principe Seychelles Solomon_Islands Kiribati Russia Ukraine Turkmenistan Cape_Verde Antigua_and_Barbuda rus banana_republic etruria federated_states_of_micronesia tax_haven palau state department domain midland
2. [ noun ] (politics,geography) a politically organized body of people under a single government
Synonyms: state nation commonwealth land body_politic res_publica

"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"

Related terms: political_unit world_power ally Reich dominion renegade_state sea_power city_state suzerain estate
3. [ noun ] the people who live in a nation or country
Synonyms: nation a_people land nationality

"a statement that sums up the nation's mood" "the news was announced to the nation" "the whole country worshipped him"

Related terms: people Swiss French English British Irish Spanish dutch national
4. [ noun ] a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography)
Synonyms: area

"it was a mountainous area" "Bible country"

Related terms: region center corner scene space section block safety haunt resort bedground danger no-man's-land shrubbery open hearth no-go_area rain_shadow bermuda_triangle anchorage free_port retreat hunting_ground section quadrant quadrant corner winner's_circle Saxony tank_farm staging_area disaster_area broadcast_area arena
5. [ noun ] (geography) an area outside of cities and towns
Synonyms: rural_area

"his poetry celebrated the slower pace of life in the country"

Related terms: urban_area geographical_area backwoods countryside farmland wold weald scrubland pasture
6. [ adjective ] rough and uncouth
Synonyms: country-bred

"a country boy"

Related terms: rural
7. [ adjective ] (agriculture) typical of the country
Synonyms: country-style

"country-style sausage" "country music"

Related terms: rural
8. [ adjective ] (of music) characteristic of rural life
Synonyms: folk western hillbilly
Related terms: nonclassical
Similar spelling:   countryman