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sub·​coun·​ty ˈsəb-ˌkau̇n-tē How to pronounce subcounty (audio)
variants or sub-county
plural subcounties or sub-counties
: a territorial division within a county
The Kenya Red Cross yesterday started disbursing Sh20 million to 1,300 residents of Kaloleni subcounty, Kilifi county.The (Kenya) Star


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variants or sub-county
: of, relating to, or being a territorial division within a county (such as a city or town)
At the subcounty level, the Act refers to municipality as any subcounty unit of general local government.U.S. Department of Economics and Statistics Administration

Word History

First Known Use


circa 1832, in the meaning defined above


1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subcounty was circa 1832

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Cite this Entry

“Subcounty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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