Country Definition

Define what is Country?

1. body politic, country, Nation, res publica, commonwealth, State, Land (noun)

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.

political entity, political unit noun
a unit with political responsibilities.


commonwealth country noun
any of the countries in the British Commonwealth.

developing country noun
a country that is poor and whose citizens are mostly agricultural workers but that wants to become more advanced socially and economically.

Dominion noun
one of the self-governing nations in the British Commonwealth.

foreign country noun
any state of which one is not a citizen.

Reich noun
the German state.

renegade state, rogue nation, rogue state noun
a state that does not respect other states in its international actions.

suzerain noun
a state exercising a degree of dominion over a dependent state especially in its foreign affairs.

sea power noun
a nation that possesses formidable naval strength.

great power, major power, superpower, world power, power noun
a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the world.

city-state, city state noun
a state consisting of a sovereign city.

ally noun
a friendly nation.

2. country, Land, State (noun)

the territory occupied by a nation.

  • he returned to the land of his birth.
  • he visited several European countries.
Synonyms: Land, State

administrative district, administrative division, territorial division noun
a district defined for administrative purposes.


banana republic noun
a small country (especially in Central America) that is politically unstable and whose economy is dominated by foreign companies and depends on one export (such as bananas).

country of origin, fatherland, homeland, mother country, motherland, native land noun
the country where you were born.

buffer country, buffer state noun
a small neutral state between two rival powers.

kingdom noun
a country with a king as head of state.

tax haven noun
a country or independent region where taxes are low.

European country, European nation noun
any one of the countries occupying the European continent.

African country, African nation noun
any one of the countries occupying the African continent.

Asian country, Asian nation noun
any one of the nations occupying the Asian continent.

South American country, South American nation noun
any one of the countries occupying the South American continent.

North American country, North American nation noun
any country on the North American continent.

sultanate noun
country or territory ruled by a sultan.

3. Nation, country, Land (noun)

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.
Synonyms: Nation, Land

people noun
(plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively.


Dutch, Dutch people noun
the people of the Netherlands.

British, British people, Brits noun
the people of Great Britain.

English people, English noun
the people of England.

Irish, Irish people noun
people of Ireland or of Irish extraction.

French people, French noun
the people of France.

Spanish people, Spanish noun
the people of Spain.

Swiss, Swiss people noun
the natives or inhabitants of Switzerland.

4. rural area, country (noun)

an area outside of cities and towns.

  • his poetry celebrated the slower pace of life in the country.
Synonyms: rural area
Antonyms: populated area, urban area (noun)

a geographical area constituting a city or town.


back country, backwoods, boondocks, hinterland noun
a remote and undeveloped area.

farming area, farmland noun
a rural area where farming is practiced.

countryside noun
rural regions.

scrubland noun
an uncultivated region covered with scrub vegetation.

weald noun
an area of open or forested country.

wold noun
a tract of open rolling country (especially upland).

5. area, country (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.
Synonyms: area

region noun
a large indefinite location on the surface of the Earth.


arena noun
the central area of an ancient Roman amphitheater where contests and spectacles were held; especially an area that was strewn with sand.

high country noun
an area lying above the piedmont but below the timberline.

bed-ground, bed ground, bedground noun
an area on which a drove of cattle or sheep can sleep for a night.

broadcast area noun
the area over which a radio or tv transmission can be received.

center, middle, Centre, eye, heart noun
an area that is approximately central within some larger region.

corner noun
a place off to the side of an area.

corner noun
a remote area.

disaster area noun
a region whose population is affected by a general disaster.

hangout, haunt, stamping ground, resort, repair noun
a frequently visited place.

fireside, hearth noun
an area near a fireplace (usually paved and extending out into a room).

hunting ground noun
an area in which game is hunted.

no-go area noun
an area that is dangerous or impossible to enter or to which entry is forbidden.

no man's land noun
an unoccupied area between the front lines of opposing armies.

quadrant noun
the area enclosed by two perpendicular radii of a circle.

quadrant noun
any of the four areas into which a plane is divided by two orthogonal coordinate axes.

rain shadow noun
an area that has little precipitation because some barrier causes the winds to lose their moisture before reaching it.

staging area noun
an area where troops and equipment in transit are assembled before a military operation.

open, clear noun
a clear or unobstructed space or expanse of land or water.

free port, free zone noun
an area adjoining a port where goods that are intended for reshipment can be received and stored without payment of duties.

anchorage ground, Anchorage noun
place for vessels to anchor.

playground, resort area, vacation spot noun
an area where many people go for recreation.

city block, block noun
a rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings.

neighborhood noun
an area within a city or town that has some distinctive features (especially one forming a community).

retreat noun
a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet.

refuge, safety noun
a safe place.

danger noun
a dangerous place.

scene noun
the place where some action occurs.

section noun
a distinct region or subdivision of a territorial or political area or community or group of people.

shrubbery noun
an area where a number of shrubs are planted.

space noun
an area reserved for some particular purpose.

tank farm noun
an area used exclusively for storing petroleum in large tanks.

winner's circle noun
a small area at a racecourse where awards are given to the owners of winning horses.

Nearby Terms

country and western (noun)
a simple style of folk music heard mostly in the southern United States; usually played on stringed instruments

country borage (noun)
an aromatic fleshy herb of India and Ceylon to South Africa; sometimes placed in genus Plectranthus

country club (noun)
a suburban club for recreation and socializing

country dancing (noun)
a type of folk dance in which couples are arranged in sets or face one another in a line

country doctor (noun)
a doctor who practices in the country (rather than in a city) usually remote from a modern hospital

country house (noun)
a house (usually large and impressive) on an estate in the country

country music (noun)
a simple style of folk music heard mostly in the southern United States; usually played on stringed instruments

country of origin (noun)
the country where you were born

country people (noun)
people living in the same country; compatriots

country store (noun)
a retail store serving a sparsely populated region; usually stocked with a wide variety of merchandise

country-bred (adjective satellite)
rough and uncouth

country-dance (noun)
a type of folk dance in which couples are arranged in sets or face one another in a line

country-style (adjective satellite)
typical of the country

countryfied (adjective satellite)
characteristic of rural life

countryfolk (noun)
people living in the same country; compatriots