/ˈkʌntrisaɪd/ nounland that is outside cities and townsADJECTIVESbeautiful/lovely/stunning countrysideThe countryside between the mountain villages is stunning.open countryside (=with few buildings, walls, trees etc) The farmhouse has views over open countryside.the surrounding countryside Both the town and the surrounding countryside are worth exploring.rolling countryside (=with hills) They live in a valley surrounded by rolling countryside.unspoilt countryside (=with natural beauty not spoiled by buildings) We walked through miles of unspoilt countryside.VERBSprotect/conserve the countryside (=stop people building on it or spoiling its beauty) How can we protect the countryside for future generations?spoil/ruin the countryside Too many tourists can spoil the countryside.ADJECTIVESthe countryside around/near a place The countryside around London is surprisingly pretty.THESAURUS: The country: the area away from towns and cities, where there are fields, forests etc:Tired of city life, they moved to the country. I’ve always wanted to live in the country.Landscape: a large area of countryside that you see from somewhere:The house looks out over a peaceful rural landscape. Adams is famous for his photographs of the American landscape.Scenery: the natural features of part of a country, such as mountains, forests etc, especially when these are attractive:New Zealand has some spectacular scenery. I looked out of the window and admired the scenery (=looked at the scenery).Wilderness: a large area of land that has never been developed or farmed:Yukon is a vast wilderness of mountains, lakes, and forests.the bush: wild country that has not been cleared, especially in Australia or Africa:The camp is popular with tourists wishing to experience the African bush.Rural: relating to the country:People are moving away from rural areas. Keillor writes about small rural communities.