township

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

Old English tunscipe.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

township (plural townships)

  1. The territory of a town; a subdivision of a county.
  2. (South Africa, Pre 1994) An area set aside for nonwhite occupation.
  3. (South Africa, Post 1994) A nonwhite (usually subeconomic) area attached to a city.
    • 1972, Daily Dispatch: "In addition, the council has completed the planning of a new Coloured township on the site of the existing African township"

TranslationsEdit

Related termsEdit

squatter camp

Usage notesEdit

In the U.S., the term "township" refers to a division of a county, and may include one or more towns, villages, hamlets, or small cities. It may also be an administrative district for an unincorporated rural area. The exact nature of a township, and its role in local administration, differs from state to state.

ReferencesEdit

1978: A Dictionary of South African English edited by Jean Branford. Oxford.

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