count·​ess | \ ˈkau̇n-təs How to pronounce countess (audio) \

Definition of countess

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

Examples of countess in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Though the countess was famously beautiful, the portrait that emerges of her is not enviable. Eula Biss, The New Yorker, 22 Apr. 2021 The Greeks also foretold the humbling of characters like the imperious Karen Huger, the grande dame turned rental-mansion hopper of The Real Housewives of the Potomac, and Luann de Lesseps, the countess turned felonious alcoholic of RHONY. Anna Peele, Vulture, 14 Apr. 2021 Francesca Cavendish is a countess by day, and a woman intent on finding those responsible for the brutal murder of her family by night. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 1 Apr. 2021 The countess, who is patron of the London College of Fashion, made some remarks on British culture as a whole. Sarah Mower, Vogue, 23 Feb. 2021 Yet Arrested Development’s Lucille, the countess of the hapless and vain Bluth family, would become Walter’s signature gig. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 26 Mar. 2021 London Fashion Week came to a close today with a countess interviewing a designer. Sarah Mower, Vogue, 23 Feb. 2021 European Waterways occasionally schedules complimentary outings, like lunch with a countess in France. Janice Wald Henderson, Condé Nast Traveler, 5 Nov. 2020 The path, named after the 11th-century countess Matilda of Canossa, passes crumbling hillside castles and old villages. Kerri Westenberg, Star Tribune, 14 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of countess

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Countess.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of countess

: the wife of a count or an earl
: a woman who has the rank of count or earl


count·​ess | \ ˈkau̇n-təs How to pronounce countess (audio) \

Kids Definition of countess

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


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