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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.

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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.



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the inhabitants of a town, collectively, c. 890.