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coun·try  (kntr)
n. pl. coun·tries
a. A nation or state.
b. The territory of a nation or state; land.
c. The people of a nation or state; populace: The whole country will profit from the new economic reforms.
2. The land of a persons birth or citizenship: Foreign travel is restricted in his country.
3. A region, territory, or large tract of land distinguishable by features of topography, biology, or culture: hill country; Bible country.
4. An area or expanse outside cities and towns; a rural area: a vacation in the country.
5. Law A jury.
6. Informal Country music.
1. Of, relating to, or typical of the country: a country road; country cooking.
2. Of or relating to country music.
in country
In Vietnam during the period of U.S. military operations there: Hed been in country a month longer than the other four (Nelson DeMille).

[Middle English countre, from Old French contree, from Vulgar Latin *(terra) contrta, (land) opposite, before, from Latin contr, opposite; see kom in Indo-European roots.]

country  /kntri/  n. -tries 1 [C] a nation: the country of Canada 2 [C] a rural area outside cities and towns: We drive to the country to relax. 3 [U] land suitable for a particular purpose: farm country
adj. typical of the country, esp. in being simple, rough, or old-fashioned: country furniture country

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