countess

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noun count·ess \ˈkau̇n-təs\

Definition of countess

  1. 1 :  the wife or widow of an earl or count

  2. 2 :  a woman who holds in her own right the rank of earl or count

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First Known Use of countess

12th century

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COUNTESS Defined for English Language Learners

countess

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Definition of countess for English Language Learners

  • : the wife of a count or an earl

  • : a woman who has the rank of count or earl


COUNTESS Defined for Kids

countess

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noun count·ess \ˈkau̇n-təs\

Definition of countess for Students

  1. 1 :  the wife or widow of a count or an earl

  2. 2 :  a woman who holds the rank of a count or an earl in her own right


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