territory


territory
territory (n.) early 15c., "land under the jurisdiction of a town, state, etc.," probably from L. territorium "land around a town, domain, district," from terra "earth, land" (see TERRAIN (Cf. terrain)) + -orium, suffix denoting place (see -ORY (Cf. -ory)).
An alternative theory, somewhat supported by the vowels of the original Latin word, suggests derivation from terrere "to frighten" (see TERRIBLE (Cf. terrible)); thus territorium would mean "a place from which people are warned off." Sense of "any tract of land, district, region" is first attested c.1600. Specific U.S. sense of "organized self-governing region not yet a state" is from 1799.

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