county

noun (1)
coun·​ty | \ ˈkau̇n-tē How to pronounce county (audio) \
plural counties

Definition of county

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the domain of a count
2a : 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

noun (2)
plural counties

Definition of county (Entry 2 of 2)

archaic

Other Words from county

Noun (1)

county adjective

First Known Use of county

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1539, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for county

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

modification of Middle French comte

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“County.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/county. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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county

noun
coun·​ty | \ ˈkau̇n-tē How to pronounce county (audio) \
plural counties

Kids Definition of county

: a division of a state or country for local government

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