Definition of district in English:



  • 1An area of a country or city, especially one characterized by a particular feature or activity.

    ‘a coal-mining district’
    • ‘They like to shop for all but daily necessities at prestigious department stores in downtown shopping districts.’
    • ‘Smithsonite is relatively common in Arizona mining districts, but good specimens appear to be rare.’
    • ‘But since we were up on a mountain we could not visit the red light district of town.’
    • ‘It is close to the Phoenix Park and the Four Courts and is also within walking distance of the main shopping and business districts.’
    • ‘Our next stop was the Browns Race and High Falls Area: one of the city's newest entertainment districts.’
    • ‘There's a new store looking for space in the gold-plated Rodeo Drive shopping district.’
    • ‘Cities with gleaming business districts and luxury developments for the rich are surrounded by shanty towns and slums.’
    • ‘About 150 demonstrators protested in the city's downtown waterfront district.’
    • ‘I typically wandered around working class districts of big ugly cities in poorer nations during their seasons of inclement weather.’
    • ‘Extraordinarily fine acanthite specimens have been found in several of Mexico's major silver mining districts.’
    • ‘In Edinburgh, the city's traditional red-light district was regenerated and the scheme moved elsewhere.’
    • ‘Close your eyes and it almost sounds like the meatpacking district.’
    • ‘She took a shine to Chicago's sprawling skyline and downtown shopping district.’
    • ‘We showed up a bit before then and walked around the meatpacking district.’
    • ‘Several American cities have closed popular shopping districts to traffic and opened the entire street to pedestrians.’
    • ‘We then walked down to Fourteenth Street, the center of the city's red light district.’
    • ‘The Neihu district is developing into a shopping district for suburban Taipei, Wei said.’
    • ‘The survey covers 86 business districts in 40 countries worldwide.’
    • ‘There is a new landmark in Ginza, one of the leading shopping and business districts of Tokyo.’
    • ‘The retail boom is also transforming the oldest shopping districts in the city.’
    neighbourhood, area, region, place, locality, locale, community, quarter, sector, vicinity, zone, territory, block, part, spot, patch, domain
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    1. 1.1often as modifier A region defined for an administrative purpose.
      ‘a district health authority’
      • ‘From 1946 to 1947 he was deputy assistant district attorney in New York City.’
      • ‘Their members will never be bogged down in committee meetings in some district council.’
      • ‘We are the size of Melbourne, yet we have 21 district health boards.’
      • ‘All district chiefs and sub-district administration managers attended the meeting at Pattaya City Hall.’
      • ‘In Galway, we identified rural and family owned pubs by selecting electoral districts with populations of less than 1500.’
      • ‘Today's urban school districts have more than enough money in their budgets to do their jobs well.’
      • ‘Half-hearted efforts at compliance among urban school districts have kept the exodus to just a trickle.’
      • ‘Organizers demanded 64 new seats in parliament for women, one to represent each district of the country.’
      • ‘But a few days later, another district court judge issued a contradictory ruling.’
      • ‘Eliminating the stalking from my life required an attorney and an assistant district attorney.’
      • ‘Arrangements have to be made for the movement of home helps and district nurses.’
      • ‘Congressional districts are redrawn through a bill approved in the Legislature.’
      • ‘We believe that other district health boards will have a similar set of figures.’
      • ‘Nevertheless Muhammad's own prestige and reputation as a preacher extended to neighbouring districts.’
      • ‘Rural school districts have relied more on federal and state aid over the past 3 years than their urban counterparts.’
      • ‘Citing national statistics, the governor said three districts in the province are a major concern.’
      • ‘Let us look at that district health board sector, of which a large part is hospital-based.’
      • ‘The project authorities with the support of the district administration have removed the debris.’
      • ‘Application forms for travel concessions are available from district council offices or by telephone from 770380.’
      • ‘The rate structures set by irrigation districts fail to provide the stick for water conservation.’
    2. 1.2British A division of a county or region that elects its own councillors.
      • ‘Firstly, all these villages have a Conservative district councillor and county councillor.’
      • ‘Roy Smith, Tendring district and Essex county councillor, has taken up the residents' complaints.’
      • ‘Some 12 per cent of district nurses are aged over 55 and eligible to retire.’
      • ‘Voters go to the polls on May 1 when a third of the district's councillors are up for re-election.’
      • ‘The meeting took place because district councillors wanted to discuss concerns with highway representatives.’
      • ‘According to the inscription, he had created ‘One of the most productive and best cultivated districts in the County of York’.’
      • ‘District council chiefs have outlined their commitment to affordable housing in Salisbury with an action plan.’
      • ‘The district auditor has made the point that he is independent of the council.’
      • ‘We elect a district council to look after the local population's interests.’
      • ‘A more detailed report on the waterside scheme will be considered by both the district and county councils in the summer.’
      • ‘He wants district and county councils to take over a lot of Defra budgets.’
      • ‘The district and county councils say it is not their responsibility.’
      • ‘There are 16 places up for grabs on the youth forum, two for each of the county's districts and boroughs.’
      • ‘It is a similar scheme to the one in place for district and county councillors.’
      • ‘Negotiations between Wiltshire County Council and the districts are continuing.’
      • ‘The majority of residents also felt a stronger sense of belonging to the county than to their district.’
      • ‘People will also be asked whether they want one or more all-purpose councils to replace the county and districts.’
      • ‘The report can also be viewed at County Hall and at district and borough council offices.’
      • ‘Each of the district's councillors has about 12,000 constituents to whom we are answerable.’
      • ‘The campaigning couple are also angry that no town, district or county councillors have come to visit the site.’
      administrative district, canton, province, territory, state, county, shire, parish
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[WITH OBJECT]North American
  • Divide into areas.

    ‘the province's system of electoral districting’
    • ‘Some repair work is needed on districting, but this isn't it.’
    • ‘In fact, other former Bremer aides say that districting was preferred as an idea but ‘the practical problems were overwhelming.’’
    • ‘The whole issue is now the subject of a court case - largely over claims that the new districting dilutes minority voting power.’
    • ‘Please remember that I'm writing this blog while trying not to be districted by ESPN's awful Fantasy Football preview show that's on my cubicle TV.’
    • ‘He began knocking on doors, reading books on precinct districting and setting up databases.’
    • ‘I can't say how much districting has caused that, but it sure doesn't make districting look good.’
    • ‘But any such districting would have required a lengthy and complicated census.’
    • ‘The DPP will support a law to regulate the principle of districting if it is necessary.’
    • ‘Students are being districted to other schools in the area.’
    • ‘As a result, the new districting was aimed at achieving a better distribution of districts as well as better political representation of citizens.’
    • ‘Later in the same memo, Melby noted that ‘with the existing electoral districting, he [Jagan] would probably win a majority of seats’.’


Early 17th century (denoting the territory under the jurisdiction of a feudal lord): from French, from medieval Latin districtus ‘(territory of) jurisdiction’, from Latin distringere ‘draw apart’.