|Origin:||contrée, from Medieval Latin contrata '(land) which lies opposite', from Latin contra; CONTRA-|
coun‧try1 S1 W1 plural countries
an area of land that is controlled by its own government, president, king etc [↪ nation]: ➔ mother country
the Scandinavian countries
travelling to a foreign country
land that is outside towns and cities, including land used for farming [= the countryside]
in the country
I've always wanted to live in the country.
all the people who live in a particular country:
The President has the support of the country.
an area of land that is suitable for a particular activity, has particular features or that is connected with a particular person or people:
The Peak District is good walking country.
the rugged moors of Brontë country
country and western music:
I'm a big fan of country.
5 British EnglishPGP
if a Prime Minister goes to the country, they ask for a general election to be held