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county

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noun coun·ty \ˈkau̇n-tē\

Definition of county

plural counties

  1. 1 :  the domain of a count

  2. 2 a :  one of the territorial divisions of England and Wales and formerly also of Scotland and Northern Ireland constituting the chief units for administrative, judicial, and political purposes b (1) :  the people of a county (2) British :  the gentry of a county

  3. 3 :  the largest territorial division for local government within a state of the United States

  4. 4 :  the largest local administrative unit in various countries

county adjective


Origin of county

Middle English counte, from Anglo-French cunté, counté, from Medieval Latin comitatus, from Late Latin, office of a count, from comit-, comes count — more at count


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with county


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county

noun coun·ty

Definition of county

plural counties

archaic

  1. :  3count



Origin of county

modification of Middle French comte


First Known Use: 1550



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