vis·​count·​ess | \ ˈvī-ˌkau̇n-təs \

Definition of viscountess 

1 : the wife or widow of a viscount
2 : a woman who holds the rank of viscount in her own right

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There were even models from the British royal family, including Lady Kitty Spencer, the niece of Princess Diana, and Emma Thynn, Viscountess Weymouth, the first black viscountess in the United Kingdom. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Kitty Spencer, Carla Bruni, Maye Musk & More Walked Dolce & Gabbana's Spring 2019 Runway," 24 Sep. 2018 For women, the titles are: duchess, marchioness, countess, viscountess, and baroness. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "All About Prince Harry’s Hot Cousin, Louis Spencer," 23 May 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 Other people of color have married into the aristocracy, including the viscountess of Weymouth, Emma Thynn, whose father is Nigerian. Afua Hirsch, Time, "What Meghan Markle Means to the World," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of viscountess

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of viscountess

: the wife or widow of a viscount

: a woman who has the rank of a viscount


vis·​count·​ess | \ ˈvī-ˌkau̇n-təs \

Kids Definition of viscountess

1 : the wife or widow of a viscount
2 : a woman who holds the rank of a viscount in her own right

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