Definition of district in US English:

district

(also distr.)

noun

  • 1An area of a country or city, especially one regarded as a distinct unit because of a particular characteristic.

    ‘an elegant shopping district’
    • ‘Cities with gleaming business districts and luxury developments for the rich are surrounded by shanty towns and slums.’
    • ‘Extraordinarily fine acanthite specimens have been found in several of Mexico's major silver mining districts.’
    • ‘There's a new store looking for space in the gold-plated Rodeo Drive shopping district.’
    • ‘Several American cities have closed popular shopping districts to traffic and opened the entire street to pedestrians.’
    • ‘The retail boom is also transforming the oldest shopping districts in the city.’
    • ‘But since we were up on a mountain we could not visit the red light district of town.’
    • ‘The Neihu district is developing into a shopping district for suburban Taipei, Wei said.’
    • ‘The survey covers 86 business districts in 40 countries worldwide.’
    • ‘We then walked down to Fourteenth Street, the center of the city's red light district.’
    • ‘Smithsonite is relatively common in Arizona mining districts, but good specimens appear to be rare.’
    • ‘We showed up a bit before then and walked around the meatpacking district.’
    • ‘Our next stop was the Browns Race and High Falls Area: one of the city's newest entertainment districts.’
    • ‘There is a new landmark in Ginza, one of the leading shopping and business districts of Tokyo.’
    • ‘In Edinburgh, the city's traditional red-light district was regenerated and the scheme moved elsewhere.’
    • ‘It is close to the Phoenix Park and the Four Courts and is also within walking distance of the main shopping and business districts.’
    • ‘Close your eyes and it almost sounds like the meatpacking district.’
    • ‘I typically wandered around working class districts of big ugly cities in poorer nations during their seasons of inclement weather.’
    • ‘She took a shine to Chicago's sprawling skyline and downtown shopping district.’
    • ‘About 150 demonstrators protested in the city's downtown waterfront district.’
    • ‘They like to shop for all but daily necessities at prestigious department stores in downtown shopping districts.’
    neighbourhood, area, region, place, locality, locale, community, quarter, sector, vicinity, zone, territory, block, part, spot, patch, domain
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    1. 1.1 A region defined for an administrative purpose.
      ‘the city school district’
      • ‘We believe that other district health boards will have a similar set of figures.’
      • ‘Eliminating the stalking from my life required an attorney and an assistant district attorney.’
      • ‘We are the size of Melbourne, yet we have 21 district health boards.’
      • ‘In Galway, we identified rural and family owned pubs by selecting electoral districts with populations of less than 1500.’
      • ‘The rate structures set by irrigation districts fail to provide the stick for water conservation.’
      • ‘Nevertheless Muhammad's own prestige and reputation as a preacher extended to neighbouring districts.’
      • ‘Organizers demanded 64 new seats in parliament for women, one to represent each district of the country.’
      • ‘From 1946 to 1947 he was deputy assistant district attorney in New York City.’
      • ‘All district chiefs and sub-district administration managers attended the meeting at Pattaya City Hall.’
      • ‘Let us look at that district health board sector, of which a large part is hospital-based.’
      • ‘Citing national statistics, the governor said three districts in the province are a major concern.’
      • ‘Rural school districts have relied more on federal and state aid over the past 3 years than their urban counterparts.’
      • ‘Application forms for travel concessions are available from district council offices or by telephone from 770380.’
      • ‘Congressional districts are redrawn through a bill approved in the Legislature.’
      • ‘Arrangements have to be made for the movement of home helps and district nurses.’
      • ‘But a few days later, another district court judge issued a contradictory ruling.’
      • ‘The project authorities with the support of the district administration have removed the debris.’
      • ‘Their members will never be bogged down in committee meetings in some district council.’
      • ‘Half-hearted efforts at compliance among urban school districts have kept the exodus to just a trickle.’
      • ‘Today's urban school districts have more than enough money in their budgets to do their jobs well.’
    2. 1.2the District The District of Columbia; Washington, DC.
      • ‘One could hardly send a stronger sign that crimes will be doggedly investigated in the District.’
      • ‘He's built up a lot of good will on Capitol Hill and among District residents.’

verb

[with object]North American
  • Divide into districts.

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

Origin

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’.

Pronunciation

district

/ˈdɪstrɪkt//ˈdistrikt/