Definition of township in US English:



  • 1North American A division of a county with some corporate powers.

    • ‘So, you start building the necessary network of transportation, of water management, of power distribution, of creating new townships which are centers to service these farmers.’
    • ‘This USDA publication contains a list of these counties, municipalities and townships.’
    • ‘Counties, boroughs and townships were imported from England.’
    • ‘What matters is that we continue to make the world a little better place - here in our homes, on our blocks, in our communities, across the township, across the county.’
    • ‘It's not just this town itself, but the whole of this county, this township that weaves all of us together like a blended family.’
    • ‘We control for unobserved heterogeneity across townships using a set of dummy variables representing the 15 townships in the county.’
    • ‘There are Democrats in every rural township and county - young and old alike.’
    • ‘In more than one county and township there's a law on the books to deal with riding in a horse-drawn buggy while intoxicated.’
    • ‘So Rawal, an engineer, served on the township's library board, helping Butler County automate and electronically link its seven largest libraries.’
    • ‘Young families are moving toward the east and south of the township, away from the Allegheny County line, an analysis of U.S. Census figures indicates.’
    • ‘In Warren County there were six entire townships where voter registration increased by 28% to 79%.’
    • ‘The generally accepted figure for our total tax load from townships, counties, states and the federals is 33 percent of GDP.’
    • ‘The localities are arranged alphabetically by county and then by township within each county.’
    • ‘In southwestern Pennsylvania, four rural townships in Somerset, Indiana and Greene counties are hosts to new prisons built within the last few years.’
    • ‘The letter confirmed their discussions with respect to a transfer of the franchise ownership from Bruce County to a group of townships in Huron County.’
    • ‘Pooling efforts is a growing practice among Pennsylvania boroughs, townships and even school districts.’
    • ‘The Legislature must uphold the current rights of townships and counties to enact zoning ordinances that regulate development in their communities, including large feedlots.’
    • ‘For example, when writing a place, use township, county or province, country or state.’
    • ‘Since then, many counties and townships have switched to an electronic system eager to prevent future problems.’
    • ‘North and South Fayette townships in Allegheny County posted population gains of 28 percent and 19 percent, respectively.’
    1. 1.1 A district six miles square.
      • ‘By the end of the nineteenth century, most of the continent had been squared off into townships, and sections.’
      • ‘Elsewhere the pattern reflects the rectilinear network of roads, which in turn derives from the early surveys of the territory based on uniform square townships six miles on a side.’
      borough, town, city, district, administrative division
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  • 2(in South Africa) a suburb or city of predominantly black occupation, formerly officially designated for black occupation by apartheid legislation.

    • ‘The tour included visiting newly-elected members of the African National Congress and black townships.’
    • ‘As I was first working on this lecture, I went to a theatre in London, which was showing a play acted by black actors about life years ago in the townships of South Africa.’
    • ‘Gaza and the West Bank have become the Middle East's version of the South African townships during the apartheid regime.’
    • ‘It's reflected in the privatization that's happening to the people in the townships in South Africa, and in what's going on in the streets of Toronto and Halifax.’
    • ‘The destruction of homes caused by incessant rains in many of the squatter townships that litter our cities has now become an annual event.’
    • ‘For the last two years he has spent two weeks in the summer in some of the poorest townships in South Africa, playing rugby and telling the kids about his faith.’
    • ‘Instead, the accounts of life in the black townships of South Africa resonate with his descriptions of Robben Island as a place that intensifies the degradation and violence of apartheid.’
    • ‘Mandela came of age politically in a mass movement based in the dusty streets of South Africa's townships, before finding himself forced underground and eventually jailed.’
    • ‘That's where many young men in some of South Africa's poor townships are headed these days.’
    • ‘The farm worker is forced to take refuge in a shack settlement in a black township and pick up the threads of his disrupted life as best he can.’
    • ‘In the world of dance, one of South Africa's toughest townships may seem an unpromising place to start an academy for classical ballet.’
    • ‘Some are in townships and inner city suburbs where banks have been reluctant to lend to potential buyers.’
    • ‘The city was run by a white council, the black township was run by the government, the Department of Bantu Administration.’
    • ‘The site is close to Khayelitsha, a township of 500,000 black South Africans who suffered under apartheid and still live in poverty, with a 90 per cent unemployment rate.’
    • ‘Boxing is a rough trade and South Africa's crime-ridden townships and inner cities are rough places, with widespread poverty and glaring disparities of income.’
    • ‘The City of Johannesburg is set to embark on a major drive to put up and repair lights on major roads and in streets of the suburbs, townships and informal settlements of the city.’
    • ‘Currently, the Saunderses support more than 300 orphans in several shanty townships dotted around the city of Lusaka.’
    • ‘And in this post-apartheid era you would soon be either dead or very sorry for yourself if you tried to do in any black South African township what Leon and I did in 1979.’
    • ‘This hip hop act are from South Africa and will be bringing listeners the raw and rhythmic sounds of hip hop from the townships and cities of South Africa.’
    • ‘Schonberg started the township ballet class during South Africa's racist apartheid days after some dinner party guess set him off.’
  • 3British historical A manor or parish as a territorial division.

    1. 3.1 A small town or village forming part of a large parish.
      • ‘He then became an assistant organiser in a village and township.’
      • ‘A number of the signs have cropped up around the township and town council Chairman John Brodwell has condemned the advertisers.’
      • ‘A 14th century manor house situated in Samlesbury, a small township on the south bank of the River Ribble, Samlesbury Hall is well worth a visit if only for its historical interest.’
      • ‘Another plan to release plots of land to build a new community in the once-thriving crofting township of Stoul, on Loch Nevis, was vetoed by the Mackays.’
      • ‘Plans to close community beat offices in the townships have been heavily criticised by Pennine councillors.’
      • ‘That is something which has been recognised by church leaders and councillors in Queensbury who are campaigning to be allowed to join the growing number of villages and townships in the Bradford district which have a parish council.’
      urban area, conurbation, municipality, borough, settlement
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Old English tūnscipe ‘the inhabitants of a village’ (see town, -ship).