For other uses see Country (disambiguation).
Country ( or ) may refer to the territory of a state, or to a smaller, or former, political division of a geographical region. In another meaning of the word, the country (or countryside) is also a term used to refer to rural areas. Usually, but not always, a country coincides with a sovereign territory and is associated with a state, nation and government.
In common usage, the term country is used in the sense of both nations and states, with definitions varying. In some cases it is used to refer both to states and to other political entities, 
Notes and References
- Encyclopedia: Merriam-Webster Dictionary. country. 2008-12-01. 2008.
- Web site: Acts Interpretation Act 1901 - Sect 22: Meaning of certain words. Australasian Legal Information Institute. 2008-11-12.
- Web site: The Kwet Koe v Minister for Immigration & Ethnic Affairs & Ors  FCA 912 (8 September 1997) |publisher=Australasian Legal Information Institute |accessdate=2008-11-12}].