noun count·ess \ˈkan-təs\

: the wife of a count or an earl

: a woman who has the rank of count or earl

Full Definition of COUNTESS

:  the wife or widow of an earl or count
:  a woman who holds in her own right the rank of earl or count

First Known Use of COUNTESS

12th century

Other Foreign Functionary Terms

count, despot, emir, wardrobe, yeoman


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