vis·​count | \ˈvī-ˌkau̇nt \

Definition of viscount 

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

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Other Words from viscount

viscountcy \ˈvī-​ˌkau̇n(t)-​sē \ noun
viscounty \ˈvī-​ˌkau̇n-​tē \ noun

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It was commissioned by Tomás Maria Bessone, a wealthy Lisbon entrepreneur who was made a viscount in 1870. J. S. Marcus, WSJ, "When Home Is a Portuguese Bachelor Pad Fit for a King," 25 July 2018 The British hereditary title is directly below baron, with viscounts, earls, marquesses, and dukes above it. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "6 Things to Know About Jack Brooksbank's Family Ahead of His Wedding to Princess Eugenie," 26 June 2018 Those standing are an array of earls, viscounts and even a duke. The Economist, "Peers fight for a place in the House of Lords," 21 June 2018 Baronet is a rank in the British aristocracy, albeit below dukes, marquesses, earls, viscounts, and barons. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Everything We Know About Jack Brooksbank's Family Ahead of the Royal Wedding," 12 June 2018 The Queen can choose from five titles for a man -- duke, marquess, earl, viscount or baron -- and for a woman -- duchess, marchioness, countess, viscountess and baroness. Angela Dewan, CNN, "Duke and Duchess of Sussex: Harry and Meghan's new titles," 19 May 2018 In Hugh Bonneville’s latest film, The Viceroy's House, the Downton Abbey alum plays the illustrious viscount that resigned himself to partitioning the country. Natalina Lopez, Town & Country, "Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville Takes on His Next Great Role," 10 Aug. 2017 What Franz Kafka is to Prague, local son Italo Calvino has become to Torino, so this traveler’s bar is lavishly upholstered with the gnomic witticisms of this Oulipo literateur: viscounts mathematically carved in half, dropouts who live up in trees. Wired Staff, WIRED, "Dispatches From the Hyperlocal Future," 27 June 2007 The feeding, for instance, takes place in a French chateau ruled by a viscount for hundreds of years. James Joiner, Esquire, "Did This Video From a French Chateau Inspire Today's Tale From North Korea?," 3 Jan. 2014

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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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English Language Learners Definition of viscount

: a man who is a member of the British nobility and who ranks below an earl and above a baron


vis·​count | \ˈvī-ˌkau̇nt \

Kids Definition of viscount

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

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