com·​i·​ta·​tus | \ ˌkäməˈtätəs, -tād- \
plural -es

Definition of comitatus

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

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History and Etymology for comitatus

Latin, escort, retinue, imperial court, from comit-, comes companion + -atus -ate

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“Comitatus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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