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
Recent Examples of countess from the Web
For every successful drug, there are countess numbers that fail.
Just ask the Countess of Wessex, daughter-in-law of Queen Elizabeth II, who appeared to stumble on Tuesday in the old-fashioned vehicle on a formal parade.
Chastain probably won’t become a countess any time soon, but having a count for a father-in-law isn’t too shabby — especially when your new husband’s family produces their own prosecco.
The countess’s walls and upholstery reeked of smoke, and opening the windows only filled the rooms with chilly wind.
A Vanity Fair story also reported on a long-standing pet trust for Gunther IV, a German shepherd that inherited more than $370 million from a gift given generations ago to the original Gunther by a German countess.
Ampudia grew up in the Colonia Condesa zone of Mexico City, named after the Countess of Miraville, who once owned the land.
The occasion was a gala for the French Heritage Society, which seeks to preserve French culture and was attended by a who’s who of counts and countesses.
Sixteenth century Hungarian lesbo serial killer Countess Elizabeth Bathory has inspired everything from a black metal band (Bathory) to a novel written by NPR correspondant Andrei Codrescu (The Blood Countess).
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First Known Use of countess
COUNTESS Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of countess for Students
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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