Definition of "township" []

  • A subdivision of a county in most northeast and Midwest U.S. states, having the status of a unit of local government with varying governmental powers. (noun)
  • A public land surveying unit of 36 sections or 36 square miles. (noun)
  • An ancient administrative division of a large parish in England. (noun)
  • A racially segregated area in South Africa established by the government as a residence for people of color. (noun)
  • A small town (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (in the Scottish Highlands and islands) a small crofting community (noun)
  • (in the US and Canada) a territorial area, esp a subdivision of a county: often organized as a unit of local government (noun)
  • (formerly, in South Africa) a planned urban settlement of Black Africans or Coloured people (noun)
  • Any of the local districts of a large parish, each division containing a village or small town (noun)
  • The particular manor or parish itself as a territorial division (noun)
  • The inhabitants of a township collectively (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "township" in a sentence
  • "The township is interested, but the approval process is slow and may take a years."
  • "MONDELLO: Without the word township, that could be Cleveland, no?"
  • "Marriage, housing, schooling, jobs - everything was relevant to your racial classification: so, for example, a black parent might be forced to live in a different township from the white other parent and their colored children."