comitatus

noun com·i·ta·tus \ˌkäməˈtätəs, -tād-\

Definition of comitatus

plural

-es

  1. 1 :  a body of wellborn men attached to a king or chieftain by the duty of military service; also :  the status of the body so attached

  2. 2 [Medieval Latin, from Latin] :  county —used chiefly in the phrase posse comitatus

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Origin and Etymology of comitatus

Latin, escort, retinue, imperial court, from comit-, comes companion + -atus -ate — more at count


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