( plural ter ri tories )

1 [ countable ,  uncountable ] land that is under the control of a particular country or ruler

2 [ countable ,  uncountable ] an area that one person, group, animal, etc. considers as their own and defends against others who try to enter it

3 [ countable ,  uncountable ] an area of a town, country, etc. that sb has responsibility for in their work or another activity

4 [ uncountable ] a particular type of land

5 ( also Territory ) [ countable ] a country or an area that is part of the US, Australia or Canada but is not a state or province