town·ship / ˈtounˌship/ • n. 1. a division of a county with some corporate powers. ∎ a district six miles square. 2. (in South Africa) a suburb or city of predominantly black occupation, formerly officially designated for black occupation by apartheid legislation. 3. Brit., hist. a manor or parish as a territorial division. ∎ a small town or village forming part of a large parish.
In a government survey, a square tract of land six miles on each side, constituting thirty-six square miles. In some states, the name given to the political subdivision of a county.