noun, plural coun·tries.

1.  A state or nation: What European countries have you visited?
2.  The territory of a nation.
3.  The people of a district, state, or nation: The whole country backed the president in his decision.
4.  The land of one’s birth or citizenship.
5.  Rural districts, including farmland, parkland, and other sparsely populated areas, as opposed to cities or towns: Many city dwellers like to spend their vacations in the country.