district

Use the word district to talk about a specific part of your city or town. Your school district, for example, is an officially marked area that designates which school students can attend.

When a government outlines a region of a state, city, or town, that area is called a district. Besides school districts, there are also congressional districts and electoral districts, which are set up specifically for organizing voting and governing. In the 1600s, the word district was used for a feudal lord's territory, and it came from the Latin districtus, "territory of jurisdiction," with its root of distringere, "draw apart."

Definitions of district
  1. noun
    a region marked off for administrative or other purposes
    synonyms: dominion, territorial dominion, territory
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    Palatinate
    a territory in southwestern Germany formerly ruled by the counts palatine
    Mount Athos
    an autonomous area in northeastern Greece that is the site of several Greek Orthodox monasteries founded in the tenth century
    Attica
    the territory of Athens in ancient Greece where the Ionic dialect was spoken
    Boeotia
    a district of ancient Greece to the northwest of Athens
    Papal States
    the temporal dominions belonging to the pope (especially in central Italy)
    Acadia
    the French-speaking part of the Canadian Maritime Provinces
    Northwest Territories
    a large territory in northwestern Canada; part is now Nunavut
    Nunavut
    an Arctic territory in northern Canada created in 1999 and governed solely by the Inuit; includes the eastern part of what was the Northwest Territories and most of the islands of the Arctic Archipelago
    Yukon Territory
    a territory in northwestern Canada; site of the Klondike gold rush in the 1890s
    Northern Territory
    a territory in north central Australia
    Northern Mariana Islands
    a self-governing territory comprising all of the Mariana Islands except Guam
    Acre
    a territory of western Brazil bordering on Bolivia and Peru
    Lake District
    a popular tourist area in northwestern England including England's largest lake and highest mountain
    Galloway
    a district in southwestern Scotland
    Lothian Region
    a district in southeast central Scotland (south side of the Firth of Forth) and the location of Edinburgh
    East Malaysia
    the part of Malaysia that is on the island of Borneo
    North Borneo
    a region of Malaysia in northeastern Borneo
    Sarawak
    a region of Malaysia on northwestern Borneo
    West Malaysia
    the region of Malaysia on the Malay Peninsula
    KwaZulu-Natal
    a region of eastern South Africa on the Indian Ocean
    American Samoa
    a United States territory on the eastern part of the island of Samoa
    Aragon
    a region of northeastern Spain; a former kingdom that united with Castile in 1479 to form Spain (after the marriage of Ferdinand V and Isabella I)
    Castilla
    a region of central Spain; a former kingdom that comprised most of modern Spain and united with Aragon to form Spain in 1479
    Catalonia
    a region of northeastern Spain
    Darfur
    an impoverished region of western Sudan
    Kordofan
    a mountainous province of central Sudan
    Louisiana Purchase
    territory in the western United States purchased from France in 1803 for $15 million; extends from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains and from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada
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    administrative district, administrative division, territorial division
    a district defined for administrative purposes
    border district, borderland, march, marchland
    district consisting of the area on either side of a border or boundary of a country or an area
    city district
    a district of a town or city
    congressional district
    a territorial division of a state; entitled to elect one member to the United States House of Representatives
    development
    a district that has been developed to serve some purpose
    enclave
    an enclosed territory that is culturally distinct from the foreign territory that surrounds it
    palatinate
    a territory under the jurisdiction of a count palatine
    community, residential area, residential district
    a district where people live; occupied primarily by private residences
    goldfield
    a district where gold is mined
    jurisdiction
    in law; the territory within which power can be exercised
    mandate, mandatory
    a territory surrendered by Turkey or Germany after World War I and put under the tutelage of some other European power until they are able to stand by themselves
    associated state, protectorate
    a state or territory partly controlled by (but not a possession of) a stronger state but autonomous in internal affairs; protectorates are established by treaty
    possession
    a territory that is controlled by a ruling state
    trust territory, trusteeship
    a dependent country; administered by another country under the supervision of the United Nations
    British East Africa
    the former British territories of eastern Africa, including Kenya, Tanganyika, Uganda, and Zanzibar
    British West Africa
    the former British territories of western Africa, including Nigeria, Cameroon, Gambia, Togo, Sierra Leone, and the Gold Coast
    Barbary Coast
    a part of a city that is notorious for gambling dens and brothels and saloons and riotous night life (especially the waterfront of San Francisco after the gold rush of 1849)
    precinct
    a district of a city or town marked out for administrative purposes
    business district, downtown
    the central area or commercial center of a town or city
    borough
    one of the administrative divisions of a large city
    canton
    a small administrative division of a country
    city
    an incorporated administrative district established by state charter
    commune
    the smallest administrative district of several European countries
    country, land, state
    the territory occupied by a nation
    county
    (United States) the largest administrative district within a state
    county palatine
    the territory of a count palatine
    department
    the territorial and administrative division of some countries (such as France)
    ghetto
    a poor densely populated city district occupied by a minority ethnic group linked together by economic hardship and social restrictions
    housing development
    a residential area of similar dwellings built by property developers and usually under a single management
    housing estate
    a residential area where the houses were all planned and built at the same time
    abbacy
    the jurisdiction or office of an abbot
    archbishopric
    the territorial jurisdiction of an archbishop
    archdeaconry
    the territorial jurisdiction of an archdeacon
    bailiwick
    the area over which a bailiff has jurisdiction
    caliphate
    the territorial jurisdiction of a caliph
    bishopric, diocese, episcopate
    the territorial jurisdiction of a bishop
    federal district
    a district set apart as the seat of government of a federation
    planned community
    a residential district that is planned for a certain class of residents
    uptown
    a residential part of town away from the central commercial district
    red-light district
    a district with many brothels
    suburb, suburban area, suburbia
    a residential district located on the outskirts of a city
    exurbia
    a residential area outside of a city and beyond suburbia
    tenement district
    a residential district occupied primarily with tenement houses
    justiciary
    the jurisdiction of a justiciar
    reservation, reserve
    a district that is reserved for a particular purpose
    school district
    a district whose public schools are administered together
    shire
    a former administrative district of England; equivalent to a county
    turf
    range of jurisdiction or influence
    parish
    the local subdivision of a diocese committed to one pastor
    patriarchate
    the jurisdiction of a patriarch
    municipality
    an urban district having corporate status and powers of self-government
    prefecture
    the district administered by a prefect (as in France or Japan or the Roman Empire)
    quarter
    a district of a city having some distinguishing character
    waterfront
    the area of a city (such as a harbor or dockyard) alongside a body of water
    slum, slum area
    a district of a city marked by poverty and inferior living conditions
    province, state
    the territory occupied by one of the constituent administrative districts of a nation
    town, township
    an administrative division of a county
    ward
    a district into which a city or town is divided for the purpose of administration and elections
    venue
    in law, the jurisdiction where a trial will be held
    viceroyalty
    a district or province governed by a viceroy
    rabbit warren, warren
    an overcrowded residential area
    combat zone, tenderloin
    a city district known for its vice and high crime rate
    turf
    the territory claimed by a juvenile gang as its own
    enterprise zone
    a city district where development receives special tax advantages
    fringe, outskirt
    a part of the city far removed from the center
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    region
    a large indefinite location on the surface of the Earth
  2. verb
    regulate housing in; of certain areas of towns
    synonyms: zone
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    govern, order, regularise, regularize, regulate
    bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations
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