vis·​count·​ess | \ ˈvī-ˌkau̇n-təs How to pronounce viscountess (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web In return, Anthony vows in the final moments of season one to find himself a viscountess as soon as possible, and preferably one who is the most sensible choice, rather than a romantic match. Andrea Park, Marie Claire, "That Whirlwind 'Bridgerton' Ending, Explained," 30 Dec. 2020 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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“Viscountess.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce viscountess (audio) \

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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