an area of land that has or used to have its own government and laws
leading industrial countries
She didn't know what life in a foreign country would be like.
It's good to meet people from different parts of the country .
often following an adjective
an area of land, especially with particular physical features, suitable for a particular purpose or connected with a particular person or people
open/wooded, etc. country
superb walking country
Explore Thomas Hardy country.
the people of a country ; the nation as a whole
They have the support of most of the country.
The rich benefited from the reforms, not the country as a whole .
any area outside towns and cities, with fields, woods, farms, etc.
to live in the country
We spent a pleasant day in the country.
a country lane
pop, folk and country
directly across fields, etc.; not by a main road
riding across country
of a government
to hold an election to choose a new parliament
used as a reply when sb suggests that you should not do sth
It's a free country; I'll say what I like!
These are all words for areas away from towns and cities, with fields, woods and farms.
(often the country ) an area that is away from towns and cities, especially one with particular natural features
She lives in the country.
an area of wooded country
everything that you can see when you look across a large area of land, especially in the country
This pattern of woods and fields is typical of the English landscape.
land outside towns and cities, with fields, woods and farms
Countryside is usually used when you are talking about the beauty or peacefulness of a country area.
a little village in the French countryside
( formal ) land
Terrain is used when you are describing the natural features of an area, for example if it is rough, flat, etc.
The truck bumped its way over the rough terrain.
(usually the land ) the countryside; the way people live in the country as opposed to in towns and cities
Many younger people are leaving the land to find work in the cities.
the natural features of an area, such as mountains, valleys, rivers and forests, especially when these are attractive to look at
We stopped on the mountain pass to admire the scenery.
Country is the most usual, neutral word for a geographical area that has or used to have its own government.
State emphasizes the political organization of an area under an independent government. Especially in BrE , it can also mean the government.
the member states of the EU
The state provides free education.
In NAmE the state usually refers to one of the 50 states of the US, not to the government of the country as a whole.