Territory

Definition of Territory

Ter´ri`to`ry
n.1.A large extent or tract of land; a region; a country; a district.
He looked, and saw wide territory spread
Before him - towns, and rural works between.
- Milton.
2.The extent of land belonging to, or under the dominion of, a prince, state, or other form of government; often, a tract of land lying at a distance from the parent country or from the seat of government; as, the territory of a State; the territories of the East India Company.
3.In the United States, a portion of the country not included within the limits of any State, and not yet admitted as a State into the Union, but organized with a separate legislature, under a Territorial governor and other officers appointed by the President and Senate of the United States. In Canada, a similarly organized portion of the country not yet formed into a Province.

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