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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Countré, -rey, -rie, n. Also: cowntré, -rey, -rie, country. [ME. countre, -trey (e.m.E. -trie, -try), var. of Contre and Cuntre.]

1. A (or the) country.(a) c1420 Wynt. ii. 357.
Othir mony cowntre sere Tyll Egypt that tym drawyn were
1456 Hay I. 251/9.
Be custumes of the countreis that men usis commonly
Brus v. 309 (E).
The folk off that countre
a1500 Henr. Orph. 376 (A).
He wald ask … licence with his wyf away to pas Till his countre [1508 contree]
1531 Bell. Boece II. 297.
The countre wes more gevin to store of bestiall tban ony productioun of cornis
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 1213.
In that countre of Sethis clan Discendit mony holy man
1560 Rolland Seven S. 3257.
The burges buskit to ride In far countreis to do his merchandice
a1585 Maitl. Q. lxviii. 16.
Quhilk makis … Thair heich renoun … Throw all countreis be blawin
(b) 1558-66 Knox II. 320.
Vowes war maid, That the Hammyltonis should be doung … out of the countrey
1563-1570 Buch. Wr. 10.
Because the maist part of the countrey will be glaid to se thair bairnis
1596 Dalr. I. 163/1.
Amang al the countreyes perteyneng to the Pechtis
1600-1610 Melvill 28.
He was summoned befor the Iustice-ear … and banisched the cowntrey
(c) a1500 Rauf C. (1572) 325.
The King had greit knawledge the countrie to ken
Ib. 410.
He vmbekest the countrie
1573 Sat. P. xlii. 342.
From all countries Of Ingland, France, and vther partis
1600-1610 Melvill 480.
What geppes of gear our Bischopes hes bein in Scotland, … the haill cowntrie kennes

2. Attrib. with cadger, met, prene. 1584 Edinb. Test. XIV. 14 b.
Ane gros of countrie prenis
1624 Black Bk. Taymouth 365.
It is statute that ilk country cadger sall haive 4 d mair for ilk lipe of salt nor straingeris getis
1634 Reg. Great S. 27/1.
Pro Dernik 13 celdras hordei lie girnell-mett … , 10 celdras 9 bol. lie cuntrie-mett (vel. 8 sol. pro bolla lie cuntrie-mett)

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