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coun·try  audio  (kntr) KEY 

pl. coun·tries
    1. A nation or state.
    2. The territory of a nation or state; land.
    3. The people of a nation or state; populace: The whole country will profit from the new economic reforms.
  1. The land of a person's birth or citizenship: Foreign travel is restricted in his country.
  2. A region, territory, or large tract of land distinguishable by features of topography, biology, or culture: hill country; Bible country.
  3. An area or expanse outside cities and towns; a rural area: a vacation in the country.
  4. Law A jury.
  5. Informal Country music.
  1. Of, relating to, or typical of the country: a country road; country cooking.
  2. Of or relating to country music.

in country
In Vietnam during the period of U.S. military operations there: "He'd been in country a month longer than the other four" (Nelson DeMille).

Middle English countre, from Old French contree, from Vulgar Latin *(terra) contrta, (land) opposite, before, from Latin contr, opposite; see kom in Indo-European roots

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