Definition: Region

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From Middle English regioun, from Anglo-Norman regiun, from Latin regiō, from regō.


region (plural regions)

  1. Any considerable and connected part of a space or surface; specifically, a tract of land or sea of considerable but indefinite extent; a country; a district; in a broad sense, a place without special reference to location or extent but viewed as an entity for geographical, social or cultural reasons.
    The polar regions are some of the coldest places on the planet.
  2. An administrative subdivision of a city, a territory, a country.
    1. (historical) Such a division of the city of Rome and of the territory about Rome, of which the number varied at different times; a district, quarter, or ward.
    2. An administrative subdivision of the European Union.
    3. A subnational region of Chile; equivalent to province.
    4. Administrative region.
    5. A subprovincial region of Quebec; the primary level subdivision; a prefecture.
  3. (figuratively) The inhabitants of a region or district of a country.
  4. (anatomy) A place in or a part of the body in any way indicated.
    The abdominal regions of the human body have been thoroughly studied by scientists.
  5. An approximate range.
    The average age of the club's members is in the region of 35.

Derived terms

  • abdominal region
  • eco-region
  • meso-region
  • micro-region
  • region code
  • region-free
  • region-wide
  • statistical region

Related terms

  • regional
  • regionally
  • regionary


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