Old English tunscipe.
township (plural townships)
- The territory of a town; a subdivision of a county.
- (South Africa, Pre 1994) An area set aside for nonwhite occupation.
- (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"
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.
1978: A Dictionary of South African English edited by Jean Branford. Oxford.