|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)|
"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|
"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|
"a country boy"
|7.||[ adjective ] (agriculture) typical of the country|
"country-style sausage" "country music"
|8.||[ adjective ] (of music) characteristic of rural life|
|Synonyms:||folk western hillbilly|