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5 definitions found
 for country
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Country \Coun"try\ (k?n"tr?), n.; pl. Countries (-tr?z). [F.
     contr['e]e, LL. contrata, fr. L. contra over against, on the
     opposite side. Cf. Counter, adv., Contra.]
     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.
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              Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred. --Gen.
                                                    xxxxii. 9.
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              I might have learned this by my last exile,
              that change of countries cannot change my state.
                                                    --Stirling.
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              Many a famous realm
              And country, whereof here needs no account --Milton.
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     2. Rural regions, as opposed to a city or town.
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              As they walked, on their way into the country.
                                                    --Mark xvi. 12
                                                    (Rev. Ver. ).
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              God made the covatry, and man made the town.
                                                    --Cowper.
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              Only very great men were in the habit of dividing
              the year between town and country.    --Macaulay.
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     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.
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                  All the country in a general voice
                  Cried hate upon him.              --Shak.
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     4. (Law)
        (a) A jury, as representing the citizens of a country.
        (b) The inhabitants of the district from which a jury is
            drawn.
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     5. (Mining.) The rock through which a vein runs.
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     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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Country \Coun"try\, a.
     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.
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     2. Destitute of refinement; rude; unpolished; rustic; not
        urbane; as, country manners.
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     3. Pertaining, or peculiar, to one's own country.
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              She, bowing herself towards him, laughing the cruel
              tyrant to scorn, spake in her country language. --2
                                                    Macc. vii. 27.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  country
      n 1: 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, country,
           land, commonwealth, res publica, body politic]
      2: the territory occupied by a nation; "he returned to the land
         of his birth"; "he visited several European countries" [syn:
         country, state, land]
      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, country]
      4: an area outside of cities and towns; "his poetry celebrated
         the slower pace of life in the country" [syn: country,
         rural area] [ant: populated area, 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, country]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  115 Moby Thesaurus words for "country":
     Arcadian, acres, agrarian, agrestic, agricultural, airspace,
     alluvion, alluvium, arable land, area, belt, blue-ribbon jury,
     boondocks, bucolic, campestral, clay, clod, confines,
     continental shelf, corridor, countrified, countryside, crust,
     department, dirt, district, division, dry land, dust, earth,
     environs, farm, fatherland, freehold, glebe, grand jury, grassland,
     ground, heartland, hinterland, home, homeland, hung jury, inquest,
     jury, jury list, jury of inquest, jury of matrons, jury panel,
     land, landholdings, lithosphere, lowland, marginal land, marl,
     milieu, mold, mother country, motherland, mountains, nation,
     native land, neighborhood, offshore rights, outback, outland,
     panel, part, parts, pastoral, petit jury, place, police jury,
     power, precincts, premises, provinces, provincial, purlieus,
     quarter, real estate, real property, realm, region, regolith,
     rural, rustic, salient, section, sessions, sod, soil, space,
     special jury, state, sticks, subaerial deposit, subsoil, terra,
     terra firma, terrain, territory, the country, three-mile limit,
     topsoil, trial jury, twelve-mile limit, upland, venire, vicinage,
     vicinity, wilderness, woodland, woods, zone
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  COUNTRY. By country is meant the state of which one is a member. 
       2. Every man's country is in general the state in which he happens to 
  have been born, though there are some exceptions. See Domicil; Inhabitant. 
  But a man has the natural right to expatriate himself, i. e. to abandon his 
  country, or his right of citizenship acquired by means of naturalization in 
  any country in which he may have taken up his residence. See Allegiance; 
  Citizen; Expatriation. in another sense, country is the same as pais. (q.v.) 
  
  

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