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noun country pronunciation in British English /ˈkʌntri/ 
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singularcountry
pluralcountries
  1. 1
    [countable] an area of land that has its own government and official borders

    Ministers from four Arab countries met today in Cairo.

    We do not have capital punishment in this country.

    He felt he had betrayed his country.

    1. a.

      the country

      the people who live in a country

      a crime that has shocked the whole country

  2. 2
    [uncountable] areas away from cities and large towns, consisting of fields, farms, villages etc

    Unemployment affects both town and country.

    We went for a picnic in the country.

    1. a.
      [only before noun] relating to the country

      a large country house

      friendly country people

  3. 3
    [uncountable] an area that is known for a particular product, activity, person etc

    East of here is mostly farming country.

    Shakespeare/Thomas Hardy etc country (=an area connected with a famous person):

    The area around Stratford-upon-Avon is known as Shakespeare country.

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