vis·​count ˈvī-ˌkau̇nt How to pronounce viscount (audio)
: a member of the peerage in Great Britain ranking below an earl and above a baron
viscountcy noun
viscounty noun

Examples of viscount in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The same might have been said of Duff Cooper, a British viscount, diplomat, politician, war hero, man-about-town—always good for a glass of port or an extramarital romp. Dan Piepenbring, Harper's Magazine, 9 Jan. 2024 Jonathan Bailey Is a Vision in All White 15 hr 16 min ago The viscount who loves us is back — and looking so fresh. Lindsay Kimble, Peoplemag, 8 Jan. 2024 His mother, Léontine Dauger, was the daughter of a viscount. Jonathan Kandell, New York Times, 23 Nov. 2023 In recent years, Eton has admitted more sons of international money — fewer viscounts and more investment bankers — as well as more children from less affluent families, with the number of scholarships growing every year. Emma Bubola, New York Times, 6 July 2023 Bailey will be returning in Bridgerton season 3, reprising his role as the viscount. Charlotte Walsh, Peoplemag, 3 May 2023 Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton Jonathan Bailey takes on the role of Anthony Bridgerton, the oldest child in the family who inherited the viscount title after his father died. Charlotte Walsh, Peoplemag, 3 May 2023 Except that his equally coldhearted sister now threatens to take custody of her two beloved children, claiming that a single woman is no fit guardian for a young viscount. Olivia Waite, New York Times, 28 Apr. 2023 As a baronet descended, Brooksbank comes from the only class of British nobility not part of the peerage, the ranks of which consist (in descending order of precedence) of duke, marquess, earl, viscount, and baron. Sabrina Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 22 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of viscount was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Viscount.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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vis·​count ˈvī-ˌkau̇nt How to pronounce viscount (audio)
: a British nobleman ranking below an earl and above a baron
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