Recent Examples of viscount from the Web
The feeding, for instance, takes place in a French chateau ruled by a viscount for hundreds of years.
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.
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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 15th century
VISCOUNT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of viscount for English Language Learners
: a man who is a member of the British nobility and who ranks below an earl and above a baron
VISCOUNT Defined for Kids
Definition of viscount for Students
: a British nobleman ranking below an earl and above a baron
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