- An example of territory is all the land controlled by a king.
- An example of territory is a subject on which you have a lot of knowledge.
- An example of territory is the area where you have been granted an exclusive license to sell a product.
Territory is a plot of land controlled by a specific person, animal or country, or where a person has knowledge, rights or responsibilities.
- the land and waters under the jurisdiction of a nation, state, ruler, etc.
- a part of a country or empire that does not have the full status of a principal division; specif.,
- [alsoT-] a part of the U.S. having its own legislature but without the status of a state and under the administration of an appointed governor
- [alsoT-] a similar region, as in Canada or Australia, without the status of a province or state
- any large tract of land; region; district
- an assigned area, as of a traveling salesman or franchised dealer
- any specified area or region: foul territory in a ballpark
- a sphere or province of action, existence, thought, etc.
- the particular area occupied by an animal or group of animals; esp., the specific area appropriated by an animal or pair of animals, usually for breeding, nesting, and foraging purposes, and forcibly defended against by any intruders
- that half of the playing area defended by a specified team
Origin of territoryMiddle English from Classical Latin territorium from terra, Terra
- a. An area of land; a region.b. The land and waters under the jurisdiction of a government.c. A political subdivision of a country.d. A geographic region, such as a colonial possession, that is dependent on an external government: the territories of the Holy Roman Empire.
- often Territory a. A subdivision of the United States that is not a state and is administered by an appointed or elected governor and elected legislature.b. A similarly organized political subdivision of Canada or Australia.
- An area for which a person is responsible as a representative or agent: a salesperson's territory.
- Sports The area of a field defended by a specified team: punted the ball deep into the opponent's territory.
- Biology An area occupied by a single animal, mating pair, or group and often vigorously defended against intruders, especially those of the same species.
- A sphere of action or interest; a province. See Synonyms at field.
Origin of territoryMiddle English territorie from Latin territōrium from terra earth ; see ters- in Indo-European roots.
- A large extent or tract of land; a region; a country; a district.
- A geographic area under control of a single governing entity such as state or municipality; an area whose borders are determined by the scope of political power rather than solely by natural features such as rivers and ridges.
- (zoology) An area that an animal of a particular species consistently defends against its conspecifics.
Latin territorium, from terra the earth