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county

noun coun·ty \ ˈkau̇n-tē \

Definition of county

plural counties
1 :the domain of a count
2 a :one of the territorial divisions of England and Wales and formerly also of Scotland and Northern Ireland constituting the chief units for administrative, judicial, and political purposes
b (1) :the people of a county
(2) British :the gentry of a county
3 :the largest territorial division for local government within a state of the U.S.
4 :the largest local administrative unit in various countries

county

adjective

Origin and Etymology of county

Middle English counte, from Anglo-French cunté, counté, from Medieval Latin comitatus, from Late Latin, office of a count, from comit-, comes count — more at count

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county

noun

Definition of county

plural counties
archaic

Origin and Etymology of county

modification of Middle French comte

British Definition of COUNTY

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county

noun

British Definition of county

plural counties
:the people of a county
:the gentry of a county

COUNTY Defined for Kids

county

noun coun·ty \ ˈkau̇n-tē \

Definition of county for Students

plural counties
:a division of a state or country for local government


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