• An area of land; a district, region.
  • A set region of land having particular human occupation or agreed limits, especially inhabited by members of the same race, speakers of the same language etc., or associated with a given person, occupation, species etc.
  • The territory of a nation, especially an independent nation state or formerly independent nation; a political entity asserting ultimate authority over a geographical area; a sovereign state.
  • A rural area, as opposed to a town or city; the countryside.
  • The rock through which a vein runs.



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  • From Middle English contre, contree, contreie, from Old French contree, from Vulgar Latin (terra) contrāta, derived from Latin contra ("against, opposite"). Cognate with Scots kintra.

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