1(in South Africa) a suburb or city of predominantly black occupation, formerly officially designated for black occupation by apartheid legislation:a Johannesburg township [as modifier]:township theatre
2South African a new area being developed for residential or industrial use by speculators.
3North American a division of a county with some corporate powers.
a district six miles square.
4British historical a manor or parish as a territorial division.
a small town or village forming part of a large parish.
5Australian/NZ a small town.
Old Englishtūnscipe 'the inhabitants of a village' (see town, -ship)
township in other Oxford dictionaries
Definition of township in the US English dictionary