- Historical in England, a parish or division of a parish, as a unit of territory and administration
- in parts of the U.S. and Canada, a division of a county, constituting a unit of local government with administrative control of local schools, roads, etc.
- in New England, town (sense )
- a unit of territory in the U.S. land survey, generally six miles square, containing 36 mile-square sections, and sometimes, but not necessarily, coextensive with a governmental township
- in South Africa, a segregated, nonwhite area in or just outside a city
Origin of townshipMiddle English tunscipe from OE, people living in a tun: see town and -ship