A territory is an administrative division, usually an area that is under the jurisdiction of a state. In most countries, a territory is an organized land controlled division of an area that is controlled by a country but is not formally developed into,[1] or incorporated into, a political unit of the country that is of equal status to other political units that may often be referred to by words such as "provinces" or "states". In international politics, a territory is usually a non-sovereign geographic area which has come under the authority of another government; which has not been granted the powers of self-government normally devolved to secondary territorial divisions; or both.


The origins of the word territory begin with the Proto-Indo-European root ters ('to dry').[2] From this emerged the Latin word terra ('earth, land') and later the Latin word territorium ('land around a town').[3][4] Territory made its debut as a word in Middle English during the 14th century. At this point the suffix -orium, which denotes place, was replaced with -ory which also expresses place.[5]

Other Languages
azərbaycanca: Ərazi
تۆرکجه: اراضی
Bân-lâm-gú: Léng-thó͘
беларуская: Тэрыторыя
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Тэрыторыя
brezhoneg: Tiriad
català: Territori
čeština: Teritorium
chiShona: Dunhu (reNyika)
Deutsch: Territorium
Esperanto: Teritorio
فارسی: قلمرو
français: Territoire
galego: Territorio
한국어: 영토
հայերեն: Տարածք
hrvatski: Ozemlje
Bahasa Indonesia: Wilayah
italiano: Territorio
עברית: טריטוריה
Basa Jawa: Wilayah
къарачай-малкъар: Территория
lietuvių: Teritorija
lingála: Eténi
македонски: Територија
მარგალური: ტერიტორია
日本語: 領土
нохчийн: Мохк
norsk nynorsk: Territorium
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Zona
română: Teritoriu
русский: Территория
sicilianu: Tirritoriu
Simple English: Territory
slovenčina: Územie
slovenščina: Ozemlje
српски / srpski: Територија
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Teritorija
svenska: Territorium
Tagalog: Teritoryo
удмурт: Территория
українська: Територія
اردو: عملداری
Tiếng Việt: Lãnh thổ
ייִדיש: טעריטאריע
粵語: 領地
中文: 领土