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COUNTRY, n. [L., land adjacent to a city. Hence the citizen says, let us go into the country. The Latin has conterraneus, a countryman.]

1. Properly, the land lying about or near a city; the territory situated in the vicinity of a city. Our friend has a seat in the country, a few miles from town. See Mark 5. Luke 8. Hence,

2. The whole territory of a kingdom or state, as opposed to city. We say, the gentleman has a seat in the country, at any distance from town indefinitely. Hence,

3. Any tract of land, or inhabited land; any region, as distinguished from other regions; a kingdom, state or lesser district. We speak of all the countries of Europe or Asia.

And they came into the country of Moab. Ruth 1.

4. The kingdom , state or territory in which one is born; the land of nativity; or the particular district indefinitely in which one is born. America is my country, or Connecticut is my country.

Laban said, it must not be so done in our country. Genesis 29.

5. The region in which one resides.

He sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country. Hebrews 11.

6. Land, as opposed to water; or inhabited territory.

The shipmen deemed that they drew near to some country. Acts 27.

7. The inhabitants of a region.

All the country wept with a loud voice. 2 Samuel 15.

8. A place of residence; a region of permanent habitation.

They declare plainly that they seek a country. Hebrews 11.

They desire a better country, a heavenly. Hebrews 11.

9. In law, a jury or jurors; as, trial by the country, per pais.

COUNTRY, a.

1. Pertaining to the country or territory at a distance from a city; rural; rustic; as a country town; a country seat; a country squire; a country life; the country party, as opposed to city party.

2. Pertaining or peculiar to ones own country.

He spoke in his country language.

3. Rude; ignorant.

Country-dance, and erroneous orthography. [See Contra-dance.]



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COUNTRY, n. [L., land adjacent to a city. Hence the citizen says, let us go into the country. The Latin has conterraneus, a countryman.]

1. Properly, the land lying about or near a city; the territory situated in the vicinity of a city. Our friend has a seat in the country, a few miles from town. See Mark 5. Luke 8. Hence,

2. The whole territory of a kingdom or state, as opposed to city. We say, the gentleman has a seat in the country, at any distance from town indefinitely. Hence,

3. Any tract of land, or inhabited land; any region, as distinguished from other regions; a kingdom, state or lesser district. We speak of all the countries of Europe or Asia.

And they came into the country of Moab. Ruth 1.

4. The kingdom , state or territory in which one is born; the land of nativity; or the particular district indefinitely in which one is born. America is my country, or Connecticut is my country.

Laban said, it must not be so done in our country. Genesis 29.

5. The region in which one resides.

He sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country. Hebrews 11.

6. Land, as opposed to water; or inhabited territory.

The shipmen deemed that they drew near to some country. Acts 27.

7. The inhabitants of a region.

All the country wept with a loud voice. 2 Samuel 15.

8. A place of residence; a region of permanent habitation.

They declare plainly that they seek a country. Hebrews 11.

They desire a better country, a heavenly. Hebrews 11.

9. In law, a jury or jurors; as, trial by the country, per pais.

COUNTRY, a.

1. Pertaining to the country or territory at a distance from a city; rural; rustic; as a country town; a country seat; a country squire; a country life; the country party, as opposed to city party.

2. Pertaining or peculiar to ones own country.

He spoke in his country language.

3. Rude; ignorant.

Country-dance, and erroneous orthography. [See Contra-dance.]

COUN'TRY, a.

  1. Pertaining to the country or territory at distance from a city; rural; rustic; as, a country town; a country seat; a country squire; a country life; the country party, as opposed to city party.
  2. Pertaining or peculiar to one's own country. He spoke in his country language. – Maccabees.
  3. Rude; ignorant. – Dryden. Country-dance, an erroneous orthography. [See Contra-dance.]

COUN'TRY, n. [kun'try; The correct orthography would be contry, Fr. contrée, It. contrada, contracted from L. conterra, con and terra, land adjacent to a city. Hence, the citizens say, Let us go into the country. The Latin has conterraneus, a countryman.]

  1. Properly, the land lying about or near a city; the territory situated in the vicinity of a city. Our friend has a seat in the country, a few miles from town. See Mark v. Luke viii. Hence,
  2. The whole territory of a kingdom or state, as opposed to city. We say, The gentleman has a seat in the country, at any distance from town indefinitely. Hence,
  3. Any tract of land, or inhabited land; any region, as distinguished from other regions; a kingdom, state, or lesser district. We speak of all the countries of Europe or Asia. And they came into the country of Moab. – Ruth i.
  4. The kingdom, state, or territory in which one is born; the land of nativity; or the particular district indefinitely in which one is born. America is my country, or Connecticut is my country. Laban said, It must not be so done in our country. Gen – xxix.
  5. The region in which one resides. He sojourned in the land of promise, as in a foreign country. – Heb. xi.
  6. Land, as opposed to water; or inhabited territory. The shipmen deemed that they drew near to some country. – Acts xxvii.
  7. The inhabitants of a region. All the country wept with a loud voice. – 2 Sam. xv.
  8. A place of residence; a region of permanent habitation. They declare plainly that they seek a country. – Heb. xi. They desire a better country, a heavenly. – Heb. xi.
  9. In law, a jury or jurors; as, trial by the country, per pais.

Coun"try
  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.

    Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred.
    Gen. xxxxii. 9.

    I might have learned this by my last exile,
    that change of countries cannot change my state.
    Stirling.

    Many a famous realm
    And country, whereof here needs no account
    Milton.

  2. Pertaining to the regions remote from a city; rural; rustic; as, a country life; a country town; the country party, as opposed to city.
  3. Rural regions, as opposed to a city or town.

    As they walked, on their way into the country.
    Mark xvi. 12 (Rev. Ver. ).

    God made the covatry, and man made the town.
    Cowper.

    Only very great men were in the habit of dividing the year between town and country.
    Macaulay.

  4. Destitute of refinement; rude; unpolished; rustic; not urbane; as, country manners.
  5. 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.

    All the country in a general voice
    Cried hate upon him.
    Shak.

  6. Pertaining, or peculiar, to one's own country.

    She, bowing herself towards him, laughing the cruel tyrant to scorn, spake in her country language.
    2 Macc. vii. 27.

  7. A jury, as representing the citizens of a country.

    (b)
  8. The rock through which a vein runs.

    Conclusion to the country. See under Conclusion. -- To put, or throw, one's self upon the country, to appeal to one's constituents; to stand trial before a jury.

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Country

COUNTRY, noun [Latin , land adjacent to a city. Hence the citizen says, let us go into the country The Latin has conterraneus, a countryman.]

1. Properly, the land lying about or near a city; the territory situated in the vicinity of a city. Our friend has a seat in the country a few miles from town. See Mark 5:1. Luke 8:26. Hence,

2. The whole territory of a kingdom or state, as opposed to city. We say, the gentleman has a seat in the country at any distance from town indefinitely. Hence,

3. Any tract of land, or inhabited land; any region, as distinguished from other regions; a kingdom, state or lesser district. We speak of all the countries of Europe or Asia.

And they came into the country of Moab. Ruth 1:1.

4. The kingdom , state or territory in which one is born; the land of nativity; or the particular district indefinitely in which one is born. America is my country or Connecticut is my country

Laban said, it must not be so done in our country Genesis 29:26.

5. The region in which one resides.

He sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country Hebrews 11:9.

6. Land, as opposed to water; or inhabited territory.

The shipmen deemed that they drew near to some country Acts 27:27.

7. The inhabitants of a region.

All the country wept with a loud voice. 2 Samuel 15:23.

8. A place of residence; a region of permanent habitation.

They declare plainly that they seek a country Hebrews 11:9.

They desire a better country a heavenly. Hebrews 11:9.

9. In law, a jury or jurors; as, trial by the country per pais.

COUNTRY, adjective

1. Pertaining to the country or territory at a distance from a city; rural; rustic; as a country town; a country seat; a country squire; a country life; the country party, as opposed to city party.

2. Pertaining or peculiar to ones own country

He spoke in his country language.

3. Rude; ignorant.

COUNTRY-dance, and erroneous orthography. [See Contra-dance.]

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