vis·​count | \ ˈvī-ˌkau̇nt How to pronounce viscount (audio) \

Definition of viscount

: a member of the peerage in Great Britain ranking below an earl and above a baron

Other Words from viscount

viscountcy \ ˈvī-​ˌkau̇n(t)-​sē How to pronounce viscount (audio) \ noun
viscounty \ ˈvī-​ˌkau̇n-​tē How to pronounce viscount (audio) \ noun

Examples of viscount in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those who read and love the book series know that the viscount and viscountess have three kids. Jacqueline Saguin, Good Housekeeping, 9 Apr. 2022 The show’s second season centers on Lord Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey), a viscount and the eldest son of the Bridgerton family. Max Gao, Harper's BAZAAR, 1 Apr. 2022 One thing is for certain though: Jonathan Bailey, who plays Anthony, and Simone Ashley, who plays Kate Sharma, will officially be returning as the viscount and the new viscountess to head the Bridgerton household. Jacqueline Saguin, Good Housekeeping, 2 Apr. 2022 At long last, the viscount has found his viscountess. Max Gao, Harper's BAZAAR, 1 Apr. 2022 Much of the plot in season two revolved around Jonathan Bailey’s character, Anthony Bridgerton, coming into his role as viscount and head of the household. Alexis Gaskin, Glamour, 31 Mar. 2022 This season observes the mating rites of Anthony (Jonathan Bailey), the eldest Bridgerton sibling and a viscount. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2022 Her father's a viscount and her mother was a French opera dancer. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 11 Nov. 2021 Luke Evans Plays Charles His Character: A wealthy playboy viscount who befriends Audrey and invites the Spitzes to join him on his uncle's yacht in Monaco for the weekend. Andrea Reiher,, 3 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of viscount

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for viscount

Middle English viscounte sheriff, viscount, from Anglo-French visquens, visconte, from Medieval Latin vicecomit-, vicecomes, from Late Latin vice- vice- + comit-, comes count — more at count

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vis·​count | \ ˈvī-ˌkau̇nt How to pronounce viscount (audio) \

Kids Definition of viscount

: a British nobleman ranking below an earl and above a baron


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