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

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And, although the aristocracy is no longer recognized by the Italian government, the Passi de Preposulo family still use their count and countess titles. Kayleigh Roberts, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo? Here’s What You Need to Know About Jessica Chastain's New Husband," 10 June 2017 De Lesseps emerged pretty close to on time (by countess standards), and the crowd went nuts. Beth Spotswood,, "‘Real Housewives’ star Luann de Lesseps is a cabaret queen at the Nikko," 26 June 2018 Named for the famed boxer Joe Louis Barrow, the Joe, as it was often called, was the site of countess memories for sports and entertainment fans alike. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "On this date: Joe Louis Arena dedication touched off lifetime of memories," 12 June 2018 My favorites are Céleste Mogador, who became a countess, and Gisèle d’Estoc, a bisexual anarchist painter who famously had a bare-breasted sword fight with her female lover in a public park. New York Times, "Lauren Groff: By the Book," 24 May 2018 For women, the titles are: duchess, marchioness, countess, viscountess, and baroness. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "All About Prince Harry’s Hot Cousin, Louis Spencer," 23 May 2018 The Queen can choose from five titles for a man -- duke, marquess, earl, viscount or baron -- and for a woman -- duchess, marchioness, countess, viscountess and baroness. Angela Dewan, CNN, "Duke and Duchess of Sussex: Harry and Meghan's new titles," 19 May 2018 The countess attended the wedding ceremony of her sister-in-law, Princess Stéphanie, to Prince Guillaume, heir apparent to the throne of Luxembourg, in this swooped masterpiece. Jordan Amchin, Vanities, "The Most Memorable, Bizarre, and Fetching Fascinators in Recent History," 17 May 2018 Poirot agrees to investigate the murder, along with the train's first-class compartment full of characters, ranging from a Russian princess to a gorgeous young countess. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 45 Best Travel Films of All Time," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of countess

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of countess was in the 12th century

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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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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