Country Coun"try (k?n"tr?), n.; pl. {Countries} (-tr?z). [F. contr['e]e, LL. contrata, fr. L. contra over against, on the opposite side. Cf. {Counter}, adv., {Contra}.] 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. [1913 Webster]

Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred. --Gen. xxxxii. 9. [1913 Webster]

I might have learned this by my last exile, that change of countries cannot change my state. --Stirling. [1913 Webster]

Many a famous realm And country, whereof here needs no account --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Rural regions, as opposed to a city or town. [1913 Webster]

As they walked, on their way into the country. --Mark xvi. 12 (Rev. Ver. ). [1913 Webster]

God made the covatry, and man made the town. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

Only very great men were in the habit of dividing the year between town and country. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

3. 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. [1913 Webster]

All the country in a general voice Cried hate upon him. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. (Law) (a) A jury, as representing the citizens of a country. (b) The inhabitants of the district from which a jury is drawn. [1913 Webster]

5. (Mining.) The rock through which a vein runs. [1913 Webster]

{Conclusion to the country}. See under {Conclusion}.

{To put one's self upon the country}, or {To throw one's self upon the country}, to appeal to one's constituents; to stand trial before a jury. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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