Meaning of territory

ter•ri•to•ry

Pronunciation: (ter'i-tôr"ē, -tōr"ē), [key]
— pl. -ries.
  1. any tract of land; region or district.
  2. the land and waters belonging to or under the jurisdiction of a state, sovereign, etc.
  3. any separate tract of land belonging to a state.
  4. (often cap.)
    1. a region or district of the U.S. not admitted to the Union as a state but having its own legislature, with a governor and other officers appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.
    2. some similar district elsewhere, as in Canada and Australia.
  5. a field or sphere of action, thought, etc.; domain or province of something.
  6. the region or district assigned to a representative, agent, or the like, as for making sales.
  7. the area that an animal defends against intruders, esp. of the same species.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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