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viscount

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noun vis·count \ˈvī-ˌkau̇nt\

Simple Definition of viscount

  • : a man who is a member of the British nobility and who ranks below an earl and above a baron

Full Definition of viscount

  1. :  a member of the peerage in Great Britain ranking below an earl and above a baron

vis·count·cy play \-ˌkau̇n(t)-sē\ noun
vis·county play \-ˌkau̇n-tē\ noun

Origin of viscount

Middle English viscounte sheriff, viscount, from Anglo-French visquens, visconte, from Medieval Latin vicecomit-, vicecomes, from Late Latin vice- vice- + comit-, comes count — more at count


First Known Use: 15th century



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