AskDefine | Define territory

Dictionary Definition



1 a region marked off for administrative or other purposes [syn: district, territorial dominion, dominion]
2 an area of knowledge or interest; "his questions covered a lot of territory"
3 the geographical area under the jurisdiction of a sovereign state; "American troops were stationed on Japanese soil" [syn: soil]

User Contributed Dictionary



territorium, from terra the earth



  1. A large extent or tract of land; a region; a country; a district.


large tract of land

Extensive Definition

A territory (from the word 'terra', meaning 'land') is a defined area (including land and waters),considered to be a possession of a person, organization, institution, animal, state or country subdivision.
  • Territory (animal) a geographical area defended by an animal against others of the same species (and occasionally of other species)
territory in Belarusian: Тэрыторыя
territory in Bulgarian: Територия
territory in Czech: Teritorium
territory in Danish: Territorium
territory in German: Territorium
territory in Estonian: Territoorium
territory in Spanish: Territorio
territory in French: Territoire
territory in Korean: 영토
territory in Icelandic: Yfirráðasvæði
territory in Italian: Territorio
territory in Hebrew: טריטוריה
territory in Dutch: Territorium
territory in Japanese: テリトリー
territory in Latvian: Teritorija
territory in Norwegian: Territorium
territory in Polish: Terytorium
territory in Portuguese: Território
territory in Russian: Территория (значения)
territory in Simple English: Territory
territory in Slovak: Územie
territory in Slovenian: Ozemlje
territory in Sundanese: Territory
territory in Swedish: Territorium
territory in Vietnamese: Lãnh thổ
territory in Udmurt: Территория
territory in Ukrainian: Територія
territory in Chinese: 领土

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Kreis, Lebensraum, acres, air space, airspace, alluvion, alluvium, ally, ambit, arable land, archbishopric, archdiocese, archduchy, archdukedom, area, arrondissement, back country, bailiwick, belt, bishopric, body politic, borough, buffer state, canton, captive nation, champaign, chieftaincy, chieftainry, city, city-state, clay, clear space, clearance, clearing, clod, colony, commonweal, commonwealth, commune, confines, congressional district, constablewick, constituency, continental shelf, corridor, country, county, crust, demesne, departement, department, desert, diocese, dirt, distant prospect, district, division, domain, dominion, dry land, duchy, dukedom, dust, earldom, earth, electoral district, electorate, empery, empire, empty view, environs, footing, free city, freehold, glade, glebe, government, grand duchy, grassland, ground, hamlet, heartland, hinterland, hundred, kingdom, land, landholdings, lithosphere, living space, magistracy, mandant, mandate, mandated territory, mandatee, mandatory, marginal land, marl, metropolis, metropolitan area, milieu, mold, nation, nationality, neighborhood, oblast, offshore rights, okrug, open country, open space, orbit, outback, parish, part, parts, patch, place, plain, polis, polity, possession, power, prairie, precinct, precincts, premises, principality, principate, protectorate, province, puppet government, puppet regime, purlieu, purlieus, quarter, real estate, real property, realm, region, regolith, republic, riding, salient, satellite, section, sector, seneschalty, settlement, sheriffalty, sheriffwick, shire, shrievalty, sod, soil, soke, sovereign nation, space, sphere, sphere of influence, stake, stamping ground, state, steppe, subaerial deposit, subsoil, sultanate, superpower, terra, terra firma, terrain, the country, three-mile limit, toparchia, toparchy, topsoil, town, township, tract, turf, twelve-mile limit, vantage, vicinage, vicinity, village, walk, wapentake, ward, wide-open spaces, wilderness, woodland, zone
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