• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Country-house the residence of a country gentleman
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  • Lord Denning
    Lord Denning
    “The House of Commons starts its proceedings with a prayer. The chaplain looks at the assembled members with their varied intelligence and then prays for the country.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr., contrée—Low L. contrata, contrada, an extension of L. contra, over against.


In literature:

This Easter party at Greenlaws, Mr. Flaxman's country house, had been planned, he knew, for weeks.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
A Country-House some ten miles from San Francisco, in a south-westerly direction.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
Descending the hill between rows of neat country-houses, we passed a diminutive fortification, and entered the city.
"Northern Travel" by Bayard Taylor
This could, however, only be at a theatre in a country house.
"The Greville Memoirs" by Charles C. F. Greville
Of all the country-houses and estates I have yet seen in England, I think this is by far the best.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
Bachelors, whose incomes are of all sizes and conditions, can have some kind of a country house.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
Very many of the women in their houses come from the same countries.
"Fighting the Traffic in Young Girls" by Various
Miss Mayo immediately went to her country house up the Hudson.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
I want a house in the country.
"Vera" by Oscar Wilde
A gentleman of my acquaintance had a sheep-dog, which was generally kept in a yard by the side of his house in the country.
"Anecdotes of Dogs" by Edward Jesse

In poetry:

This little town, this little country is real
and thus it is so of the post and the cup
and thus of the violent heart. The zeal
of my house doth eat me up.
"The Break" by Anne Sexton
One yestereve, in the waning light,
When the wind was still and the
gloaming bright,
There came a breath from a far countrie,
And the ghost of a Little House called
to me.
"The Little House" by Fay Inchfawn
IN my little Green House, quite content am I,
When the hot sun pours down from the sky;
For oh, I love the country–the beautiful country.
Who'd live in a London street when there's the country?
"The Little London Girl" by Kate Greenaway
Time kept marching forward, while thirty years close;
Nor car'd he a farthing who fell or who rose;
Then sprung up (these maxims attended with care)
A snug country-house, with a chariot and pair.
"The Wedding Night" by William Hutton
'Tis a beautiful country to practise economy.
Though the houses out here are not quite waterproof,
But they're illigant houses for studying astronomy —
You can lie on your back and read stars through the roof.
"Paddy's Letter, 1857" by Anonymous Oceania
In a house backed by orderly woods,
Facing a tractored sugar-beet country,
Your working hosts engaged to their stint,
You are unlike to encounter
Dragons or romance: were drama a craving,
You would not have come.
"For Friends Only" by W H Auden

In news:

Developers for Country Meadows a 55-unit project originally approved for senior housing have added affordable housing to the mix partnering with Rural Ulster Preservation Company (R.
REYKJAVIK, Iceland — Iceland 's lawmakers are searching for ways to prevent another asset bubble as offshore investors forced to keep their money in the country channel it into the housing market.
The STEM bill is seen as an opening skirmish as Congress and the White House plan for writing comprehensive immigration legislation next year dealing with both legal immigrants and the estimated 11 million living in the country illegally.
In May 2004, the White House dispatched the US ambassador in Germany to pay an unusual visit to that country's interior minister.
Then we should include the Senate and the House of Representatives for the incompetent manner in which they have run our great country.
Dwindling inventories are one reason why housing prices are seeing significant price growth in most parts of the country, and why new construction is up for 2012.
President Obama at a White House celebration of country music on November 21st, 2011.
President Obama at a White House celebration of country musicon November 21.
Judith was former owner of Country Lane Gifts, Honeysuckle House in Nashville and Eastside Produce in Michigan City.
Some big six houses cover the entire country with less than 10 reps, and even telemarketing can only stretch so far.
The National Menorah will be lit near the White House on Sunday for Hanukkah, in a celebration that features the US Navy Band and is one of the most high-profile events in the country to mark the Jewish holiday.
Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine ranked Knoxville as the fifth most livable city in the country, citing the city's low taxes, affordable housing, entertainment options and revitalized downtown.
KCET Premieres 'Country House Revealed' Series Begins Tuesday, November 13.
Low unemployment and foreclosure rates, historically low mortgage rates and strong consumer confidence keep home prices strong in the Oklahoma City area as much of the country still struggles with recovery in housing.
A son leaves his father's house to go off to a far country.