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noun (countries)
  1. A nation state, a political entity asserting ultimate authority over a geographical area.
Australia is both a and a continent.
  1. A former independent nation state (e.g., England or Scotland).
  2. (usually preceded by the) A rural area, as opposed to a town or city; countryside.
I come from the — I'd hate to live in the city now, I'm so used to the woodland and meadows.
These animals are now found only in the high .
  1. Short for country music, a genre of popular music that has rural Southern roots and embraces numerous subgenres and styles.
adjective 
  1. From the countryside or connected with it.
  2. Of or connected to country music.
Etymology: contree, contre, from contrée, from Vulgar Latin (terra) contrata, "(land) lying opposite", "(land) spread before", derived from contra ("against, opposite").


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